Click Selfie With Those Who Poop in the Open, Bihar Teachers Told

The affected staff has gone up in arms over the order, which they dubbed as “against teachers’ dignity”.

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The teachers have been asked to keep an eye on open defecation at 5:00 am and 4:00 pm.

Bihar’s Block Education Officer has directed high school teachers to keep an eye on open defecation at 5:00 am and 4:00 pm. The teachers have been asked to click selfies with defaulters, whereas the school principals have been asked to supervise the task.

The government directive has raised a stink, with the affected staff up in arms over the order which they dubbed as "against teachers' dignity".

The Education Department’s order also asks the teachers to create public awareness against open defecation and about the health benefits of the use of proper toilets.

Teachers’ unions have opposed the order and demanded its recall. An association of middle school teachers has announced that its members will not perform the assigned tasks.

"We demand that the state government revoke the order without delay," an association leader said.

Officials said it was decided to involve school teachers in the sanitation campaign and to fight the menace of open defecation.

A leader of the contractual school teachers' association, Dhananjay Sharma, said the order was "inappropriate", particularly for women teachers.

Besides, he said, additional responsibility on teachers will adversely affect the quality of education.

The central government had expressed concern that a large number of people in Bihar are still defecating in the open and that not a single district has so far been declared ODF (open defecation-free).

Compared to other states, Bihar is said to be at the bottom as far as open defecation is concerned. The state government has announced its goal to achieve ODF status for Bihar by 2 October 2019, under the Swachh Bharat Mission-Gramin.

(With inputs from IANS.)

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