Online learning yes but no phones in classrooms, Sambalpur teachers say – The New Indian Express
SAMBALPUR: Smartphones became an essential tool for online learning during the Covid era, but in Sambalpur teachers were not allowed to use these devices in classrooms.
In a notice, district education officials urged elementary and secondary school teachers not to use cell phones in classrooms, citing negligence in their homework.
âMany secondary and elementary school teachers use cell phones for personal use while teaching in the classroom, which constitutes neglect / dereliction of government duties. Therefore, it is ordered that no cell phones are allowed to teachers during classroom instruction and that the violation of the order will be taken seriously, âsaid the notice signed by the education officer of the district (DEO).
A copy of the notice was issued to principals of all elementary and secondary schools in addition to district block education officers (BEOs).
Defending the movement, WD Meenarani Mangal said, âRecently we have seen that many teachers are receiving calls while taking lessons offline. Such an action disturbs the class and constitutes a dereliction of duty. Since offline classes for students from class VI to class X are currently taking place, teachers are not allowed to take their cell phones inside classrooms to avoid disruption.
While a small section of teachers supported the decision, many others who are trying to cope with changing teaching practices during times of Covid testing are upset by the advice.
A teacher at an elementary school said that since last year they have been taking online classes on cellphones and working after hours to teach students. âOther work like scoring attendance, sharing study material with students and tracking them is also done online. Currently, both offline and online courses are underway. Therefore, teachers should bring their cell phones to class for students who choose to take online courses, âhe said.
In addition, teachers use cell phones in the classroom to download learning materials and show them to students. Under these circumstances, issuing such an opinion is disheartening for teachers, he added.