Summer vacation over, but govt schools on periphery still wait for teachers’ recruitment

If these 1,140 teachers get recruited by July-end, city schools would still need around 1,000 teachers more.

Written by Ifrah Mufti | Chandigarh | Published:July 6, 2015 3:32 am
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It has been a week since the city schools re-opened after the summer vacation but the schools on the periphery are still waiting for
recruitment of teachers.

As per claims made by the UT Education Department, the recruitment was to be completed before the beginning of the new academic
session to ensure that studies do not suffer and teachers of different subjects do not have to take substitute classes. But the recruitment is
yet to be done.

The situation is bad in these periphery schools: government model senior secondary schools at Behlana, Khuda Alisher, Hallomajra,
Sarangpur, Dhanas, Raipur Khurd, and Khuda Lahora; government model high school in Sector 38 (W), Karsan, Maloya, Mauli Jagran,
Colony no. 4, Kajheri, and Raipur Kalan, Burail; and Government High School, Sector 44, and Government High School, Sector 7.

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The city schools need around 2,500 additional teachers to fulfil the criteria of the Right to Education Act (RTE) of having a teacher-pupil
ratio of 1:40. At present, the schools have a total of 1,200 teachers under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, 150 contract teachers, 350 guest
teachers and as many as 3,000 teachers are on regular posts in the government schools.

The education department had to recruit 1,140 teachers before the beginning of the new academic session in April but the results of the
JBT/NTT exams were held back due to certain discrepancies which were found in the question papers. The final results of the JBT/NTT
examination were announced only last month. Among these teachers, there are 548 TGTs (trained graduate teachers), 489 JBTs (junior
basic teachers) and 103 nursery class teachers who have to be recruited.

If these 1,140 teachers get recruited by July-end, city schools would still need around 1,000 teachers more, especially for classes I-VIII. In
some of the periphery schools, the teacher-student ratio varies from 1:60 to 1:80 as well. To bring this ratio down to 1:40 and 1:45, the
department needs to recruit more teachers and provide more classrooms in each of the schools.

As per the officials, the recruitment is being delayed because of one of the court cases of the education department is pending with the
Central Administrative Tribunal. The UT Education Department had advertised the posts of teachers in sports category but the department
withdrew the posts after releasing the merit list. Following this, one of the teachers had filed a petition.

Also, there were complaints from several candidates that the department is manipulating the qualifications required as per the UT norms.
Director Public Instructions Kamlesh Kumar, however, said that the department was trying its best to complete the recruitment process as
soon as possible. Also, two new schools would be opened next in Dhanas and Sector 45.

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