Jaipur: A recent incident brings to fore the questionable quality of education in the country yet again. As reported by PTI, two government school teachers were recently suspended from duty when they failed to notice and correct spelling errors in the English language paper for the Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education, RBSE half-yearly examinations 2018. The authority has also decided to penalise the printing press responsible for the errors.
As per the reports, the paper which was prepared by one English teacher and reviewed by another was printed and distributed to children with multiple spelling errors. One passage on Prime Minister Narendra Modi read, “As a spoker he is known as a croad-puller. He is the most sovy political leader of India.” Red-faced, the officials took the decision to axe both the teachers responsible.
Speaking to PTI, Jaipur District Education Officer, Ratan Singh Yadav said that the error was both with the teachers as well as the printing press. He added, “One of the teachers, Ritu Srivastava, prepared the question paper and another teacher, Sarita Yadav, moderated it but the errors were there in the paper on Monday.” Around 15 to 16 errors were reported at the level of the teachers while the printing press was responsible for another 13 inaccuracies. The officer added, “All errors were related to spellings. There was no factual or conceptual error in the paper.” The official noted that in spite of the apparent review by a teacher, the paper was printed and distributed in all the government and private schools in Jaipur that are affiliated to RBSE, Ajmer. This, in turn, translates to about 2 lakh students in about 35,000 government and private schools in Jaipur.
The officials have confirmed that the teachers have been suspended with immediate effect and the board is now considering the decision to penalize the printing press. This goes on to highlight the state of country’s teachers. Not only does it reflect poorly on the board, it also raises questions about the overall recruitment process for teachers. Perhaps it’s time we consider a dictation test for teachers and check their accuracy before we charge them with the task of educating the future of the country.