Shimla, June 4
Taking a cue from the Delhi education model of the Aam Admi Party, the Himachal Pradesh education department is also planning to offer incentives for performing teachers. Sources in the department said that teachers may now get increments based on students’ results in their respective classes and subject. Such incentives have been planned for teachers who would give cent per cent or more than 80 per cent results in their subject.
The department is taking the step because it is found in a survey that after two years of school closure (Online education), 50 per cent of the students have become weak in studies. Moreover, the state government has decided to conduct boards for the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 10th, and 12th classes. Therefore, to improve results, they are planning to offer the increment, which would motivate teachers to devote time and energy beyond means, thus improving children’s performance.
Sources claim that the idea has been under consideration for two years. However, it was hanging because the amount of incentive and other parameters for such a scheme remained undecided. Moreover, it is not sure how or if the department would incorporate the reform in the recruitment and promotion rules. Currently, it is mandatory for the state to enhance the salaries of teachers based on R and P rules only and not on performance.
Sources also inform that the education department has prepared a proposal, and post-approval of the government, instructions will be given to the districts. The district deputy director(s) would send the record of the best teachers. However, how many teachers would be shortlisted from each district is yet to be decided, they added.
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