Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor said that teachers should be given a decent salary as their profession is as great as any other profession. He was inaugurating the Kerala CBSE School Management Association’s state convention at Karukutty in Angamaly.
He pointed out that they are being offered low salary across the nation and as a result talented personnel are reluctant to take up this profession. “The schools should focus on improving the quality of education. They should employ teachers, who are capable of moulding students and making them competitive at the international level,” said Tharoor.
“The control of the CBSE schools across the country is vested in the Centre. The CBSE management associations should take appropriate measures to solve the issues of the CBSE schools in the state.”
Tharoor also said that a CBSE regional office will be set up in Thiruvananthapuram. A teachers’ training centre also will be launched in Kochi.
The All-Kerala CBSE School Management Association alleged that the state government was interfering too much into their functioning. CBSE chairman Vineet Joshi said the educational/examination reforms of the board are intended to raise the education standards to an international level.
“The introduction of CBSE’s international curriculum- ‘CBSE-i’, introduction of Chinese as one of the course languages and new courses in law, health and the like are part of this.”
He said both the CBSE management Associations and the Sahodaya School complexes play a major role and steps would be taken for their joint and effective functioning.
The school managements’ association expressed their willingness to provide a higher salary for the teachers as per the recent High Court order.
Though they said it was practically impossible to give two pay revisions in a single year as given by the state government
The school principals and representatives of the management association had an interactive session with the CBSE chairman. “We pointed out that the current system of both board and optional school exams are creating many problems,” association representatives said.