Vol. 4, Issue 5 (2019)
Teacher education in west Bengal with special reference to privatization
Author(s): Pritam Rajak, Swami Tattwasarananda
Abstract: This paper is aimed at analysing the present status of teacher education in West Bengal with special focus on privatization. Further, it is an attempt to explore the present condition that exists in these institutions (Self-financed) in terms of their infrastructural facilities, student enrolment, teaching staff with their qualifications and salary of the teachers thereof. This study has been conducted on 20 self-financed colleges from the various districts of West Bengal such as Purulia, Bankura, Midnapore, Murshidabad and Nadia etc. and 45 teachers were selected from these same institutions. For the data collection, the researcher carried out two separate data sheets developed by the authors. One of them was associated with the institutional basic information viz. institution type, student enrolment and infrastructural facilities etc. Another was associated with teachers’ qualifications, salaries and opinions regarding their job satisfaction etc. In the conclusion, it is found that few owners came from different business fields and they invested their money to earn effortlessly in the field of teacher education. 74.35% of the owners of these institutions belong to the businessmen spectrum ranging from rice mill owners, medical representatives to gold dealers etc. Teachers, politicians are also directly or indirectly involved in this. In most of cases, owners themselves, as well as their family members hold various positions in their own institutions as secretaries, principals, trustee members etc. At the end, the researcher asked to the teachers as to how satisfied they were with their jobs, most of the respondents replied that they were not satisfied with their service. Thus, they freely expressed the reasons e.g. their financial tribulations due to the nominal remuneration provided by the private institutions.