Teachers of government schools are usually known for their multi-tasking, where one teacher teaches more than one subject to students. But now teachers can hang their multi-tasking bag on the wall as the state government has come up with the new formula of 'One Teacher Per Subject'.
This new formula is applicable from class I to VIII, along with Right to Free and Compulsory Education Act. The current scenario says that almost 25% schools in states are running on the track of 'One Teacher Per Subject', whereas, rest have one teacher teaching multiple subjects. From next year, the state government will apply this formula on classes VI to VIII and after that to other classes in the later years.
After the competition of Teacher Eligibility Test (TET), the government will speed up its recruitment procedure to ensure that one teacher, one subject format is followed in all schools. The teachers who have completed their graduation will be appointed for classes VI to VIII, while the diploma holders will teach classes IV and below.
The state education department has been planning to appoint specialist teachers for every subject for a long time to improve quality of education. Now, since the state of Maharashtra is conducting TET for the first time, teacher appointment will be done as per the new format.
Mahavir Mane, State Director of Education, says "This practice is followed in all non-state board schools. It is always less of a burden for teachers if they can concentrate on one particular subject as against the current practice where a majority of the schools have teachers teaching various subjects."
He further stated "we have outsourced the training to professional organisations that will empower teachers with additional skills in the subject. It will be more recreational course than academic, and will mainly focus on making teaching innovative as part of a routine."