Local Goa youth teaches students after teacher fails to take office


After an experienced teacher refused to take up his post in the remote village of Uguem in South Goa, Premanand Rekdo, a young education graduate (D.Ed) and alumnus, took charge of teaching free in public schools.

With Rekdo teaching in the public school unsupervised and ignored for four days now, local villagers hailed this good Samaritan and his story went viral in Goa.

The Ministry of Education on Thursday ordered an investigation into the teacher, who disobeyed the order to take charge of this primary school.

Valkini-Uguem public primary school, having grades 1-4 with 18 students, had been without a teacher since September 1, 2022, after the previous teacher retired on August 31. However, the Parents’ Association asked the retired teacher to take classes because the one who was delegated to replace her did not obey the order of the Department of Education and did not take its functions.

Santosh Rekdo, president of the PTA, told IANS that at their request, the retired teacher attended classes for about 16 days. Then they approached local youth Premanand Rekdo for work.

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“We took up the matter with the Department of Education and today a teacher was sent to the school,” said Santosh Rekdo.

Premanand Rekdo took on the task of assisting the student community upon request. “I attended the lessons for four days at the request of the PTA,” said Premanand Rekdo, who studied at the same primary school.

Rekdo said that despite having a D.Ed, he is unemployed and looking for one.

Shailesh Zingade, director of education, told IANS that an investigation has been ordered into the case of a teacher who disobeyed the order. “Today we had sent a teacher to this school and now in the afternoon a new order has been sent to the same teacher (who disobeyed the order) to join this school tomorrow,” Zingade said.

Zingade said the Education Department will recruit 142 primary school teachers to fill the backlog.

A senior education department official who spoke on condition of anonymity said politicians’ interference in education prevents them from making certain decisions. “We have a backlog of teachers in primary school, that’s why we decided to delegate secondary teachers to primary schools, but they hold the controls by coming with favors from politicians,” he said. he declares.

“Politicians’ personal assistants call us and ask to stop transfer orders. If everyone starts doing this, how are we going to run the schools? he asked.

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