Published: 27th March 2018
Speak in English or face salary-cut: Official tells teachers at Telangana Educational Society
TSWREIS regional coordinator says that she's been forced to take the step since teachers, despite being told to converse in English, did not heed to instructions
In an unprecedented move, the Telangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society's (TSWREIS) regional Coordinator R Anantha Laxmi issued circular to the teaching staff of 28 social welfare schools and colleges in the erstwhile Karimnagar district instructing them to communicate only in English on the school premises, failing which action would be taken against them. She even warned them of transferring and salary deduction if they did not follow the instructions.
"My aim is to see that these children become proficient in English. It has not been done to exert pressure on teaching staff," Anantha clarified. In Anantha's opinion, until the teachers did not converse in English, children would not learn. "Government is taking so much of pain in providing quality education to children and if the staff does not make efforts to do their duty properly, all this would go in vain. I am not harassing them but want them to make extra effort to do justice to their job," she said.
What the circular issued earlier said
Based on the circular issued by TSWREIS secretary RS Praveen Kumar in the past — teaching in English is non-negotiable as the schools and colleges are English Medium - all the teachers, including the principals, should try to improve their spoken and written English. She issued special circular to all the principals in all TSWREIS school and colleges to improve their English. Those who failed to speak in English during the visit of officials would have to go on a leave or resign from their posts, she stated in the circular.
The circular also mentioned that one-day salary of regular or contract teachers would be cut if they failed to speak in English during the inspections. The decision, however, did not go down well with the teacher community.
K Suresh, an English teacher in TSWREIS, Rukmapur, said that the decision is not correct. "When the State government is giving top priority to promote Telugu and wanted to make it compulsory till SSC, how can she issue such a circular?'' he questioned.
Most of the teachers come from Telugu background and would need time to master the language. In addition, the instructions extending to non-teaching staff is not correct, he added. Government Teacher Association district president Gajula Ravinder also condemned the unilateral decision. Enforcement of orders like this for teaching and non-teaching staff of TWWREIS is not correct, he said and demanded the withdrawal of the circular.
Biometric attendance introduced
With the permission from TSWREIS secretary RS Praveen Kumar, the regional coordinator also introduced biometric attendance system in all schools/colleges starting from March. The salary for March would be credited in the respective accounts of staff based on their biometric attendance. Anantha Laxmi also said that show-cause notice would be issued to the principals and care takers of the schools if menus were not implemented properly.