Panaji, Sep 22 (IANS) | D.Ed (Diploma in Education) qualified youth and alumnus Premanand Rekdo has taken over the responsibility of teaching after a senior teacher refused to join duty in the remote village of Ugum in South Goa. Free for students in government schools. With four days of teaching racco in a government school, the good Samaritan has been praised by local villagers and his story has gone viral in Goa. On Thursday, the Education Department ordered an inquiry about the teacher who disobeyed the order to take over the charge of this primary school. The primary government school in Valkini-Uguem, which has classes 1 to 4 with 18 students, was without a teacher since 1 September 2022, following the former teacher’s retirement on 31 August. However, the parent teacher union requested the retired teacher to take up classes as the one he was deputed to replace, did not comply with the education department’s order and failed to join duty. PTA president Santosh Rekdo told IANS that on his request, the retired teacher took classes for about 16 days. Then he approached the local youth Premanand Rekdo for a job. Santosh Rekdo said, “We took up the issue with the education department and today a teacher was sent to the school.” Premanand Recdo took over the task of helping the student community on request. Premanand Rekdo, who studied in the same primary school, said, “I took classes for four days at the request of the PTA.” Rekdo said that despite having D.Ed he is unemployed and is looking for one. Education Director Shailesh Jingde told IANS that an inquiry has been ordered into the teacher who disobeyed the order. “Today we sent a teacher to that school and now in the afternoon a new order has been sent to the same teacher (who disobeyed the order) to join that school tomorrow,” Xingde said. Zingade said that the education department will recruit 142 teachers in primary schools to fill the backlog. The senior education department official, on the condition of anonymity, said that the interference of politicians in the field of education prevents them from taking certain decisions. “We have a backlog of teachers in primary school, so we decided to depute high school teachers in primary schools, but they give orders on the side of politicians,” he said. “Politicians’ personal assistants call us and ask them to stop the transfer orders. If everyone starts doing this then how are we going to run the school?” he questioned.
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