The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Saturday upheld State Govenments’ circular which banned government teachers from imparting tuition at the private coaching centres or at their residence.
The Court clarified that the circular issued by the Chief Education Officer, Kishtwar district will only apply to government teachers imparting elementary education up to 8th standard.
The Bench of Justice Sanjeev Kumar further directed the Department of Education to implement Rule 10 of the Employees Conduct Rules in letter and spirit and ensure that no member of its teaching faculty engages in private tuition at private coaching, tuition centres without the previous sanction of the government.
The order states:
“Teachers these days are paid hefty salary by the Government and there is no pressing necessity for them to engage in private tuitions that, too, on many occasions at the cost of their students in the government institutions. It is pity that the standard of education in the government institutions has gone down drastically, though the best teaching faculty is available in the government run institutions.”
The Court observed that the Government teachers are highly qualified and are imparted various trainings from time to time at the expense of government to equip them with the latest teaching techniques and methodology. Instead of concentrating on their pious job and contribute to the nation building, the God has chosen for them, for, they, moved by their insatiable greed, engage in activity of private tuition either at their residence or in private coaching centres. Many a times, they skip their classes in the government schools so as to show up in the private coaching centres. Their engagement in activity of private coaching invariably slows down their performance in the Government schools. It is with a view to avoid such unsavory situation and to prevent the government employees from engaging in private occupations, which may directly or indirectly be in conflict with their official duties, the Employees Conduct Rules, have been framed.
Further the Court directed the Government to create and provide toll free telephone number in each District where the complaint(s) against the banned activity of the teaching faculty could be made.