b_roy wrote:i.m fully agreed with shantanil.but friend i think our forum doesn't and shouldn't allow any posting against a minister(in normal time).we are helpless. i personally feel that if such school hours is implemented the teaching performance will be hampered.however i'm not of the same view regarding 'open book' and 'timeless' exam. but that needs different topic.
I quite agree to your remarks. My comments above are neither biased nor political. They are just an outpouring of emotions against a system which keeps on experimenting with education where teachers are always inevitably made the scapegoats. And the worst part of the scenario is that the government seldom chooses to discuss with the teachers themselves before implementing any new rule/experiment.
Consider the fact that I work in a H.S. institution in North Bengal which is located almost on the Bangladesh border. There is a road that leads straight from my school to my hometown Jalpaiguri which passes through some patches of 'No Man's Land'. The area is always patrolled by the BSF and the BDR. As night falls Section 144 is imposed in the area. In the winters it gets fully dark by 4.30 p.m. We find it extremely difficult to convince the BSF every day while returning home. Imagine what would happen if the school hours were to be extended to 5 p.m.?
Also consider the fact that 90% of schools in the rural areas cannot provide proper infrastructure for education. There is no electricity and no proper arrangement of drinking water. How can students stay in such institutions for a duration of 8 hours?
There is also an acute shortage of appropriate teaching staff in most schools of rural Bengal. Under the old system of SSC appointments, rural schools at least stood a chance of getting some teachers, but now the new rule of counselling has meant that most candidates choose schools in towns and cities, which is pretty natural and justified. We run an H.S. institution with only 15 teachers and six para teachers. What will be the workload on teachers if school hours were to be increased to 8 hours?
What all this will inevitably do is make teachers, professional teaching machines with no emotion whatsoever. I believe that the emotional bonding of teachers with students is the most vital aspect of teaching. I cannot imagine what will happen if this emotional quotient is taken out of the equation.
However, do you think any government will care to discuss the pros and cons of introducing a new system with the teachers before bringing out a G.O. declaring the start of a new system? I don't think so. However there is no harm in hoping isn't it?