Local youths in Goa teach students after teacher failed to hire

Panaji, Sept. 22 (IANS): After a senior teacher refused to serve in the remote village of Uguem in South Goa, Premanand Rekdo, a D.Ed (Diploma in Education) qualified youth and ex-student has assumed the responsibility of teaching pro bono to students of government schools.
Now that Rekdo has been teaching for four days in the abandoned and neglected government school, local villagers have praised this Good Samaritan and his story has gone viral in Goa.
The Education Department on Thursday launched an investigation into the teacher, who disregarded the order to take charge of this primary school.
Primary school for the government in Valkini-Uguem, with classes 1 to 4 with 18 students, was without a teacher since September 1, 2022, after the retirement of the previous teacher on August 31. Parents Teachers Association asked the retired teacher to take classes because the one who was to replace her did not follow the order of the Ministry of Education and did not join.
Santosh Rekdo, chairman of the PTA, told IANS that the retired teacher attended classes for about 16 days at their request. Then they approached local youth Preman and Rekdo for the job.
“We have discussed the matter with the Ministry of Education and today one teacher has been sent to the school,” Santosh Rekdo said.
Premanand Rekdo took it upon himself to assist the student community upon request. “At the request of the PTA, I took classes for four days,” says Premanand Rekdo, who studied at the same primary school.
Rekdo said that despite having a DED, he is unemployed and looking for it.
Shailesh Zingade, director of education, told IANS that the case of a teacher who disobeyed the order is under investigation. “Today we had 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 go to that school tomorrow,” said Zingade.
Zingade said the Education Department will recruit 142 primary school teachers to fill the gap.
A senior education ministry official on condition of anonymity said politicians’ interference in education is preventing them from making certain decisions. “We have a backlog of primary school teachers, so we decided to replace primary school teachers, but they are holding the orders by coming with favors from politicians,” he said.
“Personal assistants to politicians call us and ask to stop the transfer orders. If everyone is going to do this, how are we going to run the schools?” he asked.

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