Teachers' Pay-Grade Linked With School's Performance In Maharashtra
From now onwards, the pay hike for teachers in Maharashtra will be depended on the overall performance of the schools they are working with. According to a Government Resolution (GR) by the Maharashtra State issued on October 24, the schools will have to get an 'A' grade under the 'Shaala Siddhi' quality assessment and improvement programme, reported Press Trust of India. The new rule will apply for teachers of both government-run and government-aided schools.
Also, the GR also said, for high-school teachers, average result of Class 9 and 10 should be above 80 per cent.
But, after the GR was issued, it has already triggered off debate among the teaching community.
Indian Express reported that, teachers alleged that linking quality improvement to pay scales of teachers is pushing the entire responsibility on teachers alone, while government officials "shake off their responsibility".
"Performance under the Shaala Siddhi program is a collective effort, and pay-grade concerns an individual, so I am not sure if this GR will be effective in achieving its objective," former chairman of the State Education Board Vasant Kalpande said while commenting on the programme.
The National Programme on School Standards and Evaluation (NPSSE), known as Shaala Sidhdhi is a comprehensive instrument for school evaluation leading to school improvement.
Developed by the National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA), the scheme aims to enable schools to evaluate their performance in 'a more focused and strategic manner and facilitate them to make professional judgments for improvement'.
According to a Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) document, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh are leading among states which have accomplished state specific adaptation and translation of documents and School Standards and Evaluation Framework (SSEF) in their respective regional languages.
The document also says that Maharashtra not only adapted and translated the Shaala Siddhi document in Marathi but also planning to roll out the programme in 70 schools.
On June this year, Maharashtra government courted controversy after it asked all the aided, non-aided, private school and junior college professors to open their account in Mumbai District Co-operative Bank though a Government Resolution (GR). The chairman of the said bank is BJP leader Pravin Darekar.
(With Inputs from PTI)
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