Identity cards to stop proxy teaching

Kendrapara: Primary school teachers in this coastal district of Kendrapara will be shortly issued identity cards in an effort to stop the large-scale practice of `proxy` teaching.

The identity card scheme aims at preventing genuine teachers of government-run primary schools in this district from engaging other persons, or proxies, to do the teaching on their behalf in their absence.

“The district administration has no other way than issue identity cards for the government teachers as the problem is spiralling out of control,“ Kendrapara collector Dhananjaya Das said.

Das said the ID scheme, which would roll out tentatively by February 15, was being funded by Sarva Sikhya Abhijana (SSA) and that any teacher found indulging in the practice would face disciplinary action.

In the first phase, about 1,880 primary schools would come under the scheme covering nearly 5,000 primary teachers.

The next phase will see more teachers from upper primary schools coming under the ID card net, Das said.

Sanatan Mallick, the district project coordinator of the SSA, said teachers officiating on deputation as block resource centre coordinators and centre resource cluster coordinators under the SSA would also be covered by the scheme.