After receiving several complaints pertaining to delay in upgradation of vidyasahayaks or primary teachers to regular teachers, the state Education Department has decided to streamline the process.
In the absence of a criteria or evaluation process to upgrade vidyasahayaks after a period of five years, the Education Department will undertake an annual evaluation of vidyasahayaks from the current academic year.
“The delay in upgradation of regular salary class teachers after a period of five years has been brought to the department’s notice. Even complaints against school concerned and department’s administrative staff seeking financial favours from vidyasahayaks in order to proceed the upgradation were received from various quarters. To address this issue, the decision to set a criteria was taken,” said a senior official of the Education Department.
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The department has recently passed a resolution laying down rules to avoid delay and malpractices from the upgradation process of vidyasahayaks. As per the rules, after a completion of five years, the vidyasahayaks will be upgraded to regular salary class. This would be based on the evaluation to be conducted each year, starting from this academic session.
In addition to the evaluation, those vidyasahayaks against whom there is no complaint against their conduct or working would be directly upgraded into regular teachers within a month of completion of five years. Also, there has been instructions to resolve all the pending cases within two months.
“Those vidyasahayaks against whom there are complaints would be dealt with before December 31, 2014,” the rules stated.
As per Education Department guidelines, primary teachers are appointed as vidyasahayaks. Since last two years, they are appointed as per Right To Education (RTE) Act after clearing the teacher eligibility test.
For a period of five years, teachers are appointed as vidyasahayaks at a fixed salary of Rs 5,400. This is later upgraded to regular salary starting with a basic of Rs 12,000 to 15,000 after they are converted to regular teachers. This issue of vidyasahayaks appointment has already attracted much flak for the state government from opposition and human right organisations.