CBSE notified the potential role of teachers to academics only
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has said that all schools affiliated to it should ensure that teachers are not engaged in any activity other than those related to teaching, professional enhancement, examinations and evaluation.
A CBSE circular said tasks related to transport, canteen and activities of “ministerial nature” should be done by separate trained staff deployed by the schools.
Reason behind the notification
According to a report prepared by the National University of Educational Planning and Administration for 2014-2015, teachers, on an average in urban areas, spent 17 out of 224 days for non-teaching activities. The number was far lower in rural areas where teachers, on an average, spent nine days out of 224 for non-teaching work.
Right to Education norms with regard to the above concern
1. The CBSE circular also points out that Section 27 of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009 stipulates that “no teacher shall be deployed for any non-educational purposes other than decennial population census, disaster relief duties, or duties relating to elections.”
2. The CBSE has also modified one of its earlier circulars which had mandated that at least one teacher should be present in the school bus in the interests of safety and security of the students. The amended guidelines now states that at least one woman attendant or a woman security person should be in the school bus for the safety of students.