In order to stop the movement of students from government to private schools and the increasing preference among parents for the same, the Gujarat Primary Teachers’ Association has started a door-to-door campaign to ensure “no child eligible for Class I gets enrolled to a private school”.
To begin with, taken off from rural areas last week, the teachers are asked to visit parents and identify children of five to six years of age.
“The teachers have to not only identify such children about to take admission in Class I but also convince their parents with logic to choose government schools over private ones and no child should go to a private school. We have to stop opening of new private schools each year in the rural areas or else we would be soon redundant,” revealed the association chief Chandu Joshi.
Deliberations for effective implementation on this survey was a part of the day long chintan shivir organised on Saturday in Gandhinagar by the association which claims to have 2 lakh government primary teachers as its members. Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama and senior officials of the education department were also present at the brainstorming session.
Teachers were told how to convince parents by explaining the benefits of government schools like trained teachers against untrained in private schools, exorbitant fee charged by private schools against free education offered by the government counterparts, despite exorbitant fee additional home tuition for children of private schools and other similar issues.
“We are attempting to regain the lost faith in government schools. For this, there is a need to increase interaction between parents and teachers. At present, our teachers are only moving between their school and residence. Thus, this kind of a campaign is expected to boost confidence for government schools among parents,” added Joshi.
Anganwadi centres are also to be roped in for this campaign .