Uncertainty looms large over half-day schools
Uncertainty looms large over the functioning of half-day schools across the state. While the Telangana government scrapped half-day schools from this academic calendar, a section of the teachers are strongly opposing the government’s move.
Hyderabad: Uncertainty looms large over the functioning of half-day schools across the state. While the Telangana government scrapped half-day schools from this academic calendar, a section of the teachers are strongly opposing the government’s move.
The School Education department while drafting the new academic calendar had consulted teacher unions and they agreed to do away with the half-day school stating that no state in the country has such timings i.e. from 8 am to 12.30 pm.
Now as the academic year is slated to begin from March 21, a majority of the teacher unions are opposing the new system. Teacher associations have complained that several schools in the state do not have drinking water, running taps, fans and scrapping half-day schools would affect students severely.
There are 29,485 government and aided schools across the state with 1.26 lakh teachers and 27.5 lakh students. In the private sector, there are 13,675 schools with 32.5 lakh students.
“The day temperatures are already unbearable. We are just at the beginning of March. Students cannot sit in classrooms as rooms are not properly equipped. Moreover, students will not join classes after the examinations. The government should take a decision keeping students in view,” said N Laxma Reddy, general secretary, Progressive Recognised Teachers’ Union, Telangana.
A teacher on condition of the anonymity said some teachers were opposing the new system only to suit their personal agenda.
Telangana State United Teachers Federation (TS UTF) said the government should take feedback by implementing the new system and rectify issues in the next academic year.
“Whether a school functions full day or half day, we don’t have any problem. Teachers are ready to give their services at any time. But the government has to provide facilities like electricity, fans and drinking water to the schools,” said Chava Ravi, General Secretary, TS UTF.
A senior official of School Education department said the matter was before Education Minister Kadiyam Srihari and he would take a final call soon.