Relieve teachers of Covid duty: Bengaluru education department | Bengaluru News – Times of India

Bengaluru: Even as schools are set to reopen on Friday after a nine-month gap, government school teachers in Bengaluru are yet to be relieved of Covid duties. The commissioner of public instruction has written to the BBMP commissioner asking the civic body to relieve the teachers of the Covid duties as soon as possible.
“We are hoping they will be relieved from their duties soon. If it doesn’t happen by Thursday, I will follow it up. There’s no issue in other parts of the state, it is only in Bengaluru,” said V Anbukkumar, commissioner of public instruction. About 5,000 teachers are on Covid duty in the city.
Many teachers said they are ready to be on campus for three days and on Covid duty for three days as per an order dated December 15 from the chief secretary, asking all government employees who are on Covid duty to report to the parent department from Monday to Wednesday.

Educationists seek quick govt action
The commissioner said there will be clarity on Covid duty by Thursday.
“If the teachers are not in full strength, we will have to go slow on Vidyagama classes as we need to split students into small batches. For class 10, we have seven teachers, while only three are on duty,” said the headmistress of a government high school in east Bengaluru.
Educationists sought quick action from the government to relieve teachers. “We have huge vacancies among teachers, adding up to around 30,000 both in elementary and high schools… This is violation of fundamental right to education. There’s no doubt people are required for Covid emergency, but it should not be teachers. Government should make alternative arrangements and should relieve teachers from Covid duty to ensure justice to children,” said Niranjanaradhya VP, Centre for Child and Law, NLSIU.

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