While the state government is filling posts of vidyasahayaks in upper primary schools (Class VI-VIII),similar appointments for the lower primary schools have not been done in over last three years. This has put the future of 4,029 Primary Teachers Training Course (PTTC)-qualified candidates at stake.
These are those candidates who had cleared the centralised eligibility Test-Teachers Aptitude Test (TAT),conducted by the state government in June 2012. More than 1.26 lakh candidates appeared in the test but only 4,029 PTC candidates were able to qualify it.
In the last three years,the government has appointed more than 30,000 vidyasahayaks for upper primary classes but not a single appointment has been done for lower primary. At present,there are more than 4,000 vacant posts in lower primary schools but unfortunately no appointments have been done, said Kiran Goswami from Banaskantha district,one of the candidates and representatives of the group awaiting appointments.
Recently,along with other senior officials from the Education Department,these candidates met Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama on August 19 and submitted their representation.
They have been assured that the matter will be dealt with at the earliest.
If that is not the case,we are planning to organise a massive rally in September against the apathy of the government, added Goswami.
Despite a number of requests and meetings with the government officials,these candidates are still awaiting their appointments.
In 2010-11,with the implementation of the Right to Education Act,Class VIII was brought down from secondary to primary schools. Also,primary schools were divided into two categories upper and lower.
Since then there has been appointments for upper primary,but lower primary schools are yet to see any fresh appointments. The centralised eligibility test TAT has been conducted twice for upper primary schools first in 2011 and second in 2012. The second TAT exam was to fill 8,800 posts of vidyasahayaks,the process of which is still on with the selection of language teachers.
The third TAT for upper primary is scheduled for September 1. It is expected to fill posts of another 7,000-8,000 vidyasahayaks.
Till 2011,PTC candidates appointments were conducted for classes till VII. There are nearly 437 PTC colleges in the state with over 35,000 seats. The two-year diploma course after Class XII is now known as D El Ed (Diploma in Elementary Education).