Agartala: The Tripura
government, in a strongly worded circular here Tuesday, said it
will not allow its teachers to take private tuitions for students.
"If any government school teacher is found involved in private
tuition for money, severe action would be taken against the erring
tutor," said the circular, issued by the school education
A senior Tripura school education department official told IANS:
"There are many reports that the teachers of government and
government-aided schools have engaged themselves in private
tuitions, thereby resorting to earning money and hoodwinking the
students during schooling hours."
"Taking private tuitions and similar such practices goes against
the provisions of the service conduct rules in force, as the
teachers are within the ambit of the said rules," the official
According to a report of the Delhi-based NGO Annual Status of
Education Report Centre, 77.3 percent students from class 4 to
class 8 in Tripura take paid tuitions, followed by 76 percent in
West Bengal and 55.8 in Bihar.
According to the government notification, private tuitions by
government school teachers have been prohibited under the Right of
Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009, which
became operative with effect from April 1, 2010.
Meanwhile, Tripura school education minister Tapan Chakraborty
said: "School teachers who take private tuitions for students
deprive society. This is a punishable offence."
"The state government has been gradually expanding educational
infrastructure in the state. All the 43,000 school teachers must
cooperate with the government to improve the quality of basic
education in the state," the minister said while addressing a
conference of Tripura Government Teachers' Association (TGTA).
Urging the TGTA leadership to come forward to stop private
tuitions, Chakraborty said that while the Tripura government
despite its limited resources has been spending 20 percent of its
budgetary allocation in the educational sector, the central
government's expenses are 4.8 percent.
He said: "The Tripura government has decided to recruit 21,000
school teachers but failed to do so due to severe financial crisis
in the state in view of the erroneous recommendations of the 13th
Tripura sought around Rs.27,000 crore but the 13th Finance
Commission had recommended the sanctioning of about Rs.16,350
crore in 2009. Its report was accepted by the central government