Today IT sector is the main part of Indian Economy.
Considering the need and importance of IT, Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education decided to introduce I.T. as an optional subject to Languages (Marathi, Hindi, Sanskrit – Granted Subjects) in Maharashtra State from 2001. This has been a remarkable thing not only for Maharashtra but also for Asia. As a step ahead, the Board has implemented On-Line Examination for IT.
More than 700 Jr. Colleges in Maharashtra offer IT as one of the subject to thousand of students. IT Teachers all over Maharashtra are taking pains to teach the subject and make the On Line Examination a great success.
However, the IT teachers have remained neglected right from the beginning by the Govt. of Maharashtra. Along with teaching work, the teachers have been doing other work such as official work, hardware maintenance etc. by accepting a smaller amount of salary of Rs. 2500 to 5000. There is no future job security for these teachers. Non-availability of Government Grant is another problem. In many educational institutions unmarried girls are appointed as IT teachers who leave their jobs after marriage. As a result, every year new appointments are to be made.
All these problems pose a question – What is the future of IT teachers as well as students?
Problems of IT Teachers -
Most of teachers completed the working period of 2 to 3 yrs. As a Shikshan Sevak. Still they are working with zeal as optimists.
- The IT subject was started on purely non grant basis in 2001.
- There is neither proper planning of concerned teacher’s proposal of approval nor workload so far.
- Concerned teachers are paid Rs. 2500 to 5000 for their works of 8 to 10 hrs.
- There was no consideration on the issues of payment, workload, job security in 2001.
- Teachers leave the job in 5 to 6 months due to the insecurity of job. If happens so, students encountered to educational loss.