No summer vacations for government teachers

KURNOOL: Even though the state government has announced summer vacation for teachers and students from Monday, teachers will find no respite. They will instead have to either supervise Nadu Nedu works, organise summer camps or coordinate future admissions.

Incidentally, teachers attended duties on Sunday, the last day of the academic year, and distributed progress cards.

While the state government has announced summer vacation from May 1 to June 11, Andhra Pradesh State Council of Educational Research and Training (APSCERT) has designed many online activities for teachers and students to take up during the summer vacation. Teachers will have to take up these activities, as per proceedings issued on March 30 this year.

In particular, there is no rest for teachers manning single-teacher schools. They have to shoulder the responsibility of monitoring the Nadu Nedu works at the school premises during the vacation, besides organising summer camps and preparing students for supplementary exams, a teacher from Pathikonda mandal, who travels from Kurnool daily, pointed out, underlining that there is no respite for them during the scorching summer.

Teachers have to follow guidelines of the department in organising online camps for educating students about teamwork, leadership and life skills, discipline and values. They have to collaborate with parents, local non-government organisations, community and educational institutions in this regard.

Teachers have to create WhatsApp groups with students for communication. They have to post educationally creative materials for students and ask them to record their findings during summer camps. The chain of these experiences is to be presented when the schools reopen.

What is more, regional joint directors and district educational officers of the state have been directed to monitor these activities.

“Pressure is really mounting on teachers during summer vacations. There is no rest for school in-charges. Teachers have to follow-up from home on summer camp activities. In case of SSC students, headmasters concerned should extend necessary academic support to the student,” M. Venkateswara Rao, former state president and state counsellor of Andhra Pradesh Teachers’ Federation, pointed out.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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