The Act bans all non-academic work by teachers, except that related to elections, decennial census and disaster related tasks as per the notification by the Central Government. Whereas census involves work once in ten years and disasters are rare, increasingly frequent elections do keep teachers away from schools for long periods of time, particularly for the preparation of electoral rolls. The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Govt. of India has notified guidelines for the deployment of teachers for the purpose of elections and mentions the following duties of teachers relating to the conduct of election.
- Deployment on the days of poll and counting.
- Attending the training and collection of election materials for such deployment
The guidelines mention that all other duties relating to electoral roll revision will be undertaken during holidays or during non-teaching hours or non-teaching days.