Teachers Not to be Deployed for Non Educational Purposes Says National Knowledge Commission

The Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Dr. Shashi Tharoor has said that no teacher shall be deployed for non-educational purposes other than the population census, disaster relief duties or duties relating to elections to the local authority or the State Legislatures or Parliament, as per the Right to Education Act (RTE), 2009.

He said that the National Knowledge Commission has also recommended that the imposition of a wide range of non-teaching duties, such as that of manning poll booths and collecting data for surveys etc., cuts into the available teaching time and also undermines the professional status of teachers. He added that these activities should be shared out among a wider range of public employees or even those hired specifically for the purpose, and the burden of such work on teachers must be reduced.

This information was given by Minister of State, HRD, Dr. Shashi Tharoor in a written reply in Lok Sabha.