Teachers’ forums unhappy with the decision on the CM circular
He asked teachers to hand out cards with CM’s message to students at their homes
A circular asking teachers to try to deliver cards containing Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s message to students at home at the start of the new school year drew criticism from teachers’ organizations.
They called the circular from the director of general education to deputy directors of education, educational assistants and school principals mystifying, especially in the wake of the worrying COVID-19 situation in the state.
They pointed out that with the lockdown extended in the state until June 9, asking teachers to visit students’ homes to hand over the cards in person defied logic. The Chief Minister’s message to students could be delivered at the inauguration of Pravesanotsavam on June 1 which was to be broadcast on KITE VICTERS and watched by students, their parents and teachers.
It was not necessary for teachers to deliver the message cards, printed by the Kerala Books and Publishing Society, to the students’ homes in person when the COVID-19 restrictions were still in place.
The circular says that once the cards have reached schools with the support of the resource centers in the Samagra Shiksha block, school principals should seek help from teachers, parent-teacher associations, management of schools and volunteers to put the cards in the hands of the pupils before June 1. All COVID-19 security protocols and measures should be adopted when distributing cards, he says.
The Kerala School Teachers Union spoke out against the move, saying that at a time when the latest technology was available to spread the message, there was no logic asking AEOs to take action to convey it. to students.
A live video of the message could be made available for viewing at any time or the message scanned and sent to student WhatsApp groups in schools, teacher organizations said.
The Kerala Pradesh School Teachers Association said teachers were already linked with COVID-19 homework, preparations for Pravesanotsavam, school admissions and distribution of textbooks and uniforms, and that ‘it wasn’t fair to weigh them down further. When school admissions and Pravesanotsavam were done online, printing the message cards to hand them out to students, some of whom lived a good distance from schools, was illogical.
The issue was also not discussed with teachers at the recent meeting of the quality improvement program monitoring committee, KPSTA said.