Directorate education department ordered to remove chairs from classrooms to make ‘sitting teachers’ work

In a ‘novel yet unprecedented move’, the Directorate of Sindh school education department has asked all school heads in Hyderabad to ‘remove’ chairs meant for teachers in classrooms as ‘they [teacher] spent most of their time in the chair’ against the ethics of the profession.

An order issued by the director of school education last week said that teams visiting various schools in Hyderabad region had noticed that teachers “use most of their time by using chairs while teaching in classrooms”.

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“It is non-professional behaviour on their (teachers’) part — to spend most of their teaching time in chairs,” according to the order.

It said that teaching should be carried out by teachers on their feet, “moving with use of gestures and body language in the class. That will be a supporting factor in the teaching and learning process”.

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