Jalandhar, May 22
In a first-of-its-kind initiative, state Education Secretary Krishan Kumar on Thursday held a mega online interaction with school teachers across the state. The move was aimed at lending ear to grievances of the teachers as due to lockdown delivery of the utility services at offices of the Education Department remained paralysed.
About 10,000 school teachers of the state participated in the online meeting. Officials of the Education Department, including DPI (Elementary) Inderjit Singh, Assistant Director Shalinder Singh, state coordinator, Parho Punjab, Parhao Punjab, Dr Davinder Boha, nodal officers deputed at the state headquarters and District Education Officers also attended online interaction from their respective places. During the meeting, teachers from Jalandhar, Nawanshahr, Hoshiarpur and others districts raised issues, including transfers of the directly recruited head teachers and centre head teachers and other issues related to zila parishad teachers.
Krishan Kumar, while giving a patient hearing to all issues, problems and grievances put up during the interaction, asked the officials concerned to redress them on a priority basis.
He also asked the nodal officers and the DEOs to organise such oniIne interactions with the teachers at the district level so that the teachers could concentrate more on academic and co-curricular activities of students.
He lauded the efforts being put in by the teachers for the successful implementation of the ‘Ghar Baithe Shikhiya’ programme and enhancement of enrolment in government school despite facing odds during the lockdown.
The Education Secretary has also asked the teachers to organise virtual parent-teacher meet (PTM) for Classes VI to XII from May 23 to 25. The teachers have been asked to make calls to all parents and ask them about challenges they were facing and share suggestions on how to cope up with the current situation. Besides, they have been asked to take feedback from parents about the ‘Ghar Baithe Shikhiya’ programme of the Education Department and know if students understand concepts through TV, video calls, radio, etc.