Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde stated on Monday that the department has been instructed not to involve teachers in such work amid widespread dissatisfaction among government teachers over the fact that government bodies are entrusting them with more non-teaching responsibilities outside of the school.
“I receive a number of complaints and statements regarding the assignment of non-teaching work to teachers. Teachers will not be assigned any other such duties, except work of state importance. Directions in this regard will be given to the department,” he said during a video conference with selected teachers across the state on the occasion of Teachers’ Day.
The representative bodies of teachers have been appealing to district and state authorities for several months regarding the increase in the burden of non-teaching duties on teachers. Several teachers’ organizations have even started a campaign called ‘Aamhala Shikvu Dya’ (Let’s teach).
Maharashtra’s newly appointed school education minister Deepak Kesarkar also said last week that teachers would not be performing non-academic duties. “I will hold a meeting with the department and we will issue clear instructions on the same,” he said.