Odisha: Academics differ on tuitions by teachers | Bhubaneswar News timesofindia.indiatimes.com


BHUBANESWAR: Higher education minister Arun Kumar Sahoo’s announcement on Thursday to take stringent action against teachers for taking private tuitions has created a buzz in the state. In August 2016, the government issued a similar direction but teachers continued with the practice.
Many teachers said the government should offer them proper salary before stopping them from taking tuitions. But educationists suggested to the government to take action against teachers for taking private tuitions.
Educationist Raghunath Panda said several students from poor financial background take admission in government or government-aided colleges. “They do not have the money to join coaching classes and depend on the lectures of teachers. If teachers give importance to their coaching centres by sidelining the college, students from poor backgrounds suffer a lot. Sometimes teachers give more marks to students, who take private coaching from them. I can say this is not justice,” said Panda.
He said colleges should implement the state government’s proctorial system to guide students for better results. “If teachers give proper attention to college students, their quality will improve gradually,” he added.
Basudev Bhatt, chairman of Odisha Abhibhabak Mahasangha, said some teachers bunk classes and join private coaching centres after registering their biometric attendance. Some teachers from other districts travel to Bhubaneswar for two to three days a week and teach students at private tuitions. “This is cheating the college students. This needs to be stopped,” he added.
However, college teachers union leader Golak Nayak said the teachers stay in the college from 10 am to 5 pm and give biometric attendance. “There is no chance of bunking classes. If they spend time in coaching classes after college hours, it is to earn some money. Some of the teachers, who get less salary depend upon private coaching,” he added.
Nayak said some teachers get around Rs 1.5 lakh per month under the University Grants Commission (UGC) pay scale. Many teachers get around Rs 80,000 per month under state pay scale.
But most teachers belonging to non-government aided colleges get salary between Rs 20,000 and Rs 42,000 a month from the state government.
“If the teachers get meagre salary like Rs 20,000 a month, it becomes difficult for them to manage household expenses,” said Nayak. Prasanna Kumar Mohanty, former principal of BJB Autonomous College, echoed a similar sentiment.

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