The research, conducted on foot by visiting the surveyed households, found that despite 35 per cent of household incomes being spent on education, parents expressed general dissatisfaction and helplessness about the schooling experience.
Ever since N. Mahesh, the lone Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) minister in the Congress-JD(S) coalition government, resigned last October, several activists and education experts have sought for an urgent replacement.
The Karnataka education department has asked teachers of selected 947 Kannada and Urdu government schools to visit households in the locality to promote admissions, post-election and examination-related duties. A comprehensive training programme, beginning April 29, is in the pipeline for teachers to be trained with special modules on effective English teaching.
The committee was of the view that the level of education in government schools in the state had gone so low that even average families felt an “insult” in sending their wards to government schools and hence recommended that they instead are named after freedom fighters, martyrs and renowned personalities.
Sources in the DGSE office said the salaries may not be released any time soon for reasons best known to higher authorities. An Education Guarantee Scheme teacher gets a monthly salary of Rs 5,000 salary.
Of the 228 filled posts, 64 are permanent teachers, 114 guest teachers, and 50 serve as ‘banks’ and are deployed in different government departments. Among graduate teachers (TGTs), supposed to teach junior classes, 489 of 1,369 posts are vacant.