Bihar teachers write to CM to withdraw photographing open defecation defaulter's decision

Postado Novembro 23, 2017

The order has been issued to meet the December 31 deadline to make Aurangabad "open defecation free".

Earlier there have been orders on campaigns against alcohol, child marriage, and dowry which the teachers have to be a part of.

The step has taken by the Bihar government after the central government expressed concern that a large number of people in the state are still defecating in the open and that not a single district has so far been declared ODF. "This is not only humiliating for us but also puts our lives at risk", said Shatrughan Singh, General Secretary of Bihar Madhyamik Shikshak Sangh.

Teachers' associations have said that they find it "difficult" to comply with the instructions because it "insults teachers", undermines "dignity" and could "endanger safety", according to an Indian Express report. "If teachers are being asked to play their role in it and if it doesn't hamper their school job, I think there is nothing wrong in it", State Education Minister Krishnanadan Prasad Verma told reporters. Sixty-one primary and middle-school teachers have been enrolled in Pawai and 144 teachers in Muzaffarpur's Kudni block for the ODF campaign.

In all of these places, teachers were directed to visit villages to check open defecation in the morning between 5 am to 7 am and from 6 pm to 7 pm in the evening and photograph the defaulters to shame them.