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Good news for guest teachers

Delhi Cabinet met today under the Chair of Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal and decided to regularise about 15000 Guest teachers and teachers engaged under “Sarva Siksha Abhiyan”. These Guest teachers having requisite qualification and requisite standard were engaged in the Delhi Government Schools for teaching the students, who prove to be an asset and done their job with care, concern & dedication.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia after attending the Cabinet, informed the media about the background and salient features of the proposal. Sisodia said the draft legislative proposal has been formulated, which will be brought in the ensuing Delhi Vidhan Sabha Session to be convened on 4th October for approval.

Sisodia said approximately 15000 Guest teachers are teaching in the schools of the Directorate of Education(DoE) , who have played a crucial role in some of the flagship programs in DoE schools: Summer Camps, Chunauti and ‘Reading Campaign’. Delhi Government schools have had excellent results in Class 12, outperforming Delhi’s private schools for two years in a row.

He said that in order to bridge the learning deficit, we have grouped the students in Class 6-8 by level. So even in the same class, there is differential teaching that happens in the different groups – Pratibha, Nishtha and Neo-readers. All TGT teachers- including Guest Teachers- have been trained over the past two years on ‘differential pedagogy’.

He further said that Delhi has been 1st State to notify “Learning Outcomes” based on the initiatives of NCERT. All our teachers- including Guest teachers – trained on how the classroom teaching-learning processes would change with this approach. Ongoing training for this is being conducted in the form of day-long workshops for teachers every alternative month.

Sisodia said that the Government of NCT of Delhi has invested a lot of money and effort in their training and capacity building over the last two-and-a half years. If the Guest Teachers who are currently teaching in our schools were to be replace with completely fresh teachers, DoE would suffer quite a setback to our education reform process and would need to re-start the process from scratch. Apart from the training programs, guest teachers have over the years of their functioning, acquired skills and competencies essential to working in government schools. He Said that if DoE loses the services of these guest teachers, DoE schools would lose the benefits of their experience.

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