TRICHY: The school education department has asked government schools in select districts to work during weekends to compensate the loss of classes due to the recent teachers’ strike.
However, the teachers have questioned the move saying the government has been discouraging special classes during weekends. While Trichy chief educational district is yet to receive such an order, M Thennaleshwaran of Tamil Nadu Post Graduate Teachers’ Association (TNPGTA) said that teachers may not turn up for the classes if such an order is imposed.
State government had been asking schools to refrain from calling students to schools during weekend. Now it was doing the opposite, he said. “It will be unfair on the part of the government to cut teachers’ salary for taking part in the protest but make them work in weekends to compensate for the loss of classes,” said the headmaster of a government school. It was not true that classes were affected during the protest, claimed the state vice-president of Tamil Nadu high and higher secondary school graduate teachers association, V Gopinathan. He said that most of the schools had completed the portions in November and the second revision tests were under way.
Saying that it would put pressure on students preparing for board examinations, Gopinathan said that they would not be able to focus on the weak areas of the students if regular classes were conducted during weekends. Though there are no standing orders from the school education department, teachers have been taking special classes for weak students to improve results. Teachers were working on shift basis during weekends. But regular classes with all students may not serve the purpose, he said. Chief educational officer M Ramakrishnan said that weekend classes were being taken in schools for students who were going to appear for board examinations.