The Hush Post: With board exams just a month away, the Punjab Education Department has issued directions to the District Education Officers (DEOs) in the state asking to ensure that teachers don’t use mobile phones during school hours.
Checking WhatsApp and Facebook on mobile phone during class will ring in trouble for teachers of government schools. The order released by the Secretary, Education, Krishan Kumar,said teachers in government schools are often found online on WhatsApp during school hours.
He has also asked the local officers to send a report about teachers who are caught phubbing in school. Phubbing means ignoring someone while paying attention to your mobile phones.
Talking to a national daily, Deputy District Education Officer (secondary) Ashish Sharma said, ” Every time teachers are given warnings, but the situation remains the same. The school heads will visit classes to ensure implementation of directions. Besides different teams would carry out surprise checks.
The school heads have been asked to report to the Education Department if a teacher is found guilty. In case the head teacher or principal fails to report to the department and the checking squad catches any teacher using mobile phone, action would be taken against the school head.
In the letter, it is stated that on August 18, 2017, all DEOs, principals and school heads of the state were told that schoolteachers should not spend time on the social media during school hours as it affected studies as also caused a bad effect on the minds of students.
However, teacher unions have opposed the orders saying that they mostly use mobile phones to answer calls of the Education Department. In primary schools which don’t have computers, the teachers use internet on their phones to send reports, they say.