Interviewers should have higher qualifications than interviewees for the education board of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC),said educationists in the city on Thursday. Demanding that the minimum educational qualifications norms be raised for the office-bearers of the PMC education board,activists staged a protest in front of the civic body office on Thursday. The elections to the Education Board are scheduled to be held on April 27.
For filing a nomination for elections to the education board,a general category candidate has to have the minimum educational qualification of having passed Class X. In the reserved category,one should have passed Class IV or Class VII,depending upon the category the candidate belongs to.
Matin Mujawar,president,Shikshan Hakka Manch,said,Today,even for the post of a peon,a person with higher educational qualification is given preference. But in our education board,we allow people to interview teachers with qualifications higher than their interviewers,as most teachers today are at least graduates and have a B.Ed degree or other equivalent qualification. How can they be a competent authority in such a case? The qualification norms were formed in 1949 and there have been no changes since.
RTI activist Anup Avasthi said the civic body should bring about structural changes in the education board to keep it up to date with the education system today. Activists have also demanded that the norms should also make it mandatory for these nominated members to the education board to have a minimum of five years of experience in the field of education. Some activists also suggested that preference should be given to candidates who have passed out of civic schools.
In the next one week,we will meet the Chief Minister to discuss the matter and will stage a simultaneous statewide protest. If after the elections also we find that it does not have qualified experts,we will file a Public Interest Litigation in the Bombay High Court, said Avasthi.
Educationist Ramesh Panse said,It is time we make such changes in our education system if we want improvement in quality of education. The office-bearers in the education board are decision makers who have the power to make a difference in the structure of civic schools. Be it the appointment of teachers to deciding what food to give for mid-day meals,they shape the future of a large number of children. There is a need to raise the educational qualifications of the board members.