While orders were issued at the end of October to withhold the annual pay increment of a government school teacher for poor performance by her students, the Director of Education has said that this was a stray case and that the Directorate does not intend to follow a policy of penalising individuals for poor results.
On October 31, an order was issued by the Directorate of Education (DoE) to withhold the pay increment of a math teacher at a government girls school in East of Kailash, for showing “lack of sincerity, integrity and devotion to her duty, which is unbecoming of a government servant and tantamount to gross misconduct” resulting in the poor performance of her students in the academic session 2017-18.
She taught one section each in class X and IX in the school, both of which produced a zero pass percentage in the SA-1 internal exam, held in 2017. In the subsequent exams for class X, her class saw the pass percentage increase from 34.3 % in the second periodic test to 48.7% in the third, and 76.92% in the board examination. In case of class IX, the pass percentage increased to 27% in second periodic test, 34.09% in the third periodic test and 54.34% in the annual examination. However, the order stated that the results of the classes assigned to her were “too low” and that her efforts “have not been credible enough”.
According to Government School Teachers’ Association (GSTA) president, C P Singh, the punitive action taken by the Directorate is flawed given that the teacher had been assigned “classes”. “In accordance with Chunauti scheme, children are separated according to their ability. Her class IX was a Nishtha section, meaning students who cannot read. It was very likely that they would fail, and in subsequent examinations, her students’ pass percentage increased. This was a wrong action,” he said.
“This brings down the morale of teachers. We can only teach students. It is clear that the teacher did not try to manipulate results and brought about much improvement during the boards. We will go to court regarding this,” said Ajay Veer Yadav, general secretary of GSTA. Both noted that this was the first time that a teacher’s pay was impacted due to her students’ results.
In the recently concluded mid-term exam, poor results were recorded — with 70 % class X students and 50% class XII students failing. However Director of Education, Sanjay Goel, said that a punitive approach was not being followed to deal with the poor results. “I have held a review of all schools which have produced zero pass percentage in classes IX-XII and we are working to identify the problem. In our review, we have not received any complaint or observation against any particular teacher,” he said.