|Posted by Mr. Navodaya on September 7, 2011 at 3:10 PM|
Navodaya Teachers are not only the teachers for the students! They simultaneously are the fathers, mothers, mentors, solicitors, advisors, inspirers, caregivers, pacifiers & friends to a Navodaya Student. With all these roles to play concurrently along with being a familyman, is it humanly possible to reach upto the expectations of being an ideal teacher ?
Navodaya Vidyalayas are the exceptional institutes in many ways, one among them is that they are a chain of co-educational, compulsarily residential schools ! Here every ward needs to stay in the hostel even if his home is near by ! There is a purpose behind the visionary gurukul system of strict residentiality in an educational system.
Since Navodaya hosts tender minds, from as young as an eleven year child to as frickle as a juvenile adolescent, the care and supervision of wards is a tedius task. So, being strictly residential schools, it is expected that Navodaya Vidyalayas should be having an evolved system of hostel discipline regulation. But it is very unfortunate that this important job of hostel supervision has to be managed by the already over burdened teachers of Navodaya ! To make the situation more grave, some Navodayas have the post mergering of teachers with Matrons !
It is undeniable that Navodaya teachers devote all of their time for the welfare of the students. Starting at 5am in the morning for supervising morning study hours of board students, morning assembly and classes from 7 to 1pm, remedial classes in the afternoon, then evening assembly and study hours and even post dinner visit to hostels to help the students with their studies, a Navodaya Teacher is; with the students, for the students, all the day !
This is a system which is very unique to Navodayas and is an aid to student teacher bonding. However, it should be considered that over burdening of teachers with unproductive activities might affect the efficacy and even the dedication of the teachers ! An ergonomic solution to this would be to let teachers do what they are best at, and which would be to teach and guide the students. Apart from the jobs of warden and matron, in some Navodayas teachers are assigned for activities such as storage & distribution of usables like soap, toothpaste, register, shoes & uniforms to the students; manager of canteen commodities; in charge of stage decoration, cleanliness in charge of campus, bank transaction in charge, purchase in charge for school and of course as a roll call in charge in dinner gathering and head count in charge even while the students go to bed !
It is not uncommon to hear that hostels in Navodayas are not in excellent management ! The most recent citation would be the escape of students from Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) in Gurdaspur on Aug 18th 2011, and missing of an 8th class boy from a Navodaya on 30th August 2011 leaving a suicidal note complaining of un bearable ragging in the hostel ! Similarly there have been unsatisfaction among the students regarding the poor quality of temporary teacher recruitment by Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti.
It is undeniable that the quality of teaching would suffer if the teachers are to be over burdened with activities unrelated to teaching, and it can be expected that the success rate of Navodayas would soar up even higher if the teachers were to do only teaching ! The Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti has been approached with requests for special recruitment of wardens and matrons in Navodayas however it could not be realised till yet. There has been no mention about any such consideration in the Official Website of Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti either !
An online petition has been filled appealing Navodaya Vidayalaya Samiti for Recruitment of Separate Warden and Matrons for the safety & welfare of the students and betterment of the teaching quality in Navodayas. Click Here to visit and sign the Online Petition. Hopefully NVS would not find it a petty issue anymore !
A Few Quotes from Petition Signatures :
"The work of wardenship keeps the teacher away from his main work."-Ritesh Kumar Chaudhari, Etawah, UP
"warden/matron may give full time attention to lookafter them with a homely environment awey from home."- Subhash Chandra Tiwari, Satara, Maharashtra
"for safety and security of the navodaya students the post of warden and matron must be created.The lives of small kids are more precious than financial burden as salaries of wardens & matrons.it is very difficult for a teacher to deal with small kids psycologically &emotionally as other jobs are also in hands"-Sunil Srivastava, Jafarpur Kalan, Delhi
"IT is compulsory to appoint warden to utilise maximum ability of teacher towrds teaching."- Laxmikant Sharma, Etawah, UP.
"BEING A HOUSE-MASTER IN NAVODAYA VIDYALAYA AND TO BE A FRIEND ,PHILOSOPHER AND GUIDE OF THE STUDENTS IS A NOBLE IDEA , BUT THE PRINCIPALS FORCE HOUSE-MASTERS TO BECOME ROLL-CALL MASTERS AND SERVANT OF THE STUDENTS WHICH IS REALLY PAINFUL AND MEANINGLESS. SEPARATE WARDENS MUST BE APPOINTED TO DO THE REGISTER WORK AND ROLL-CALL WORK."-Pradipta Kumar Pal, Dhenkanal, Odisha.
"IT IS TRAGIC WE HAVE RESIDENTIAL SETUP AND NO WARDENS.Safety and Security of students is imposed on teachers.In result teachers are giving priority to this work(and teaching is secondary) because it is job threatening.So obviously THEY CANT TEACH with full energy and concentration and remember they are appointed to teach.It is Injustice to both students and teachers.BUT Samiti do not want to see the fact.So friends we should wake them up and make them realise that appointment of regular warden"- Umesh Kumar, Almora, Uttrakhand
Navodaya Vidyalayas could evolve as the best school with even better results if the teachers could be given a chance to focus more on teaching. The inclusion of various non academic activities in their job profile over burdens the Navodaya teachers and recruitment of separate Wardens and Matrons is a very hopeful solution for betterment of teaching quality and student care in Navodaya Vidyalayas. You are encouraged to sign the Online Petition Here to appeal to Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti to take appropriate measures at the earliest !
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