IN A major decision, nearly 100 teachers of secondary and higher secondary grant-in-aid schools in Gujarat who were relieved during the last six months would soon be reinstated.
This move comes into effect after the state government revoked its own decision of relieving grant-in-aid school teachers, including non-teaching staff as well appointed after June 30, 1998. The state government decided to extend this deadline to March 31, 2016. This implies that all teaching and non-teaching staff of grant-in-aid secondary schools appointed till March 31, 2016 will be protected as ‘surplus’ and not directly relieved.
Earlier, grant-in-aid teachers appointed before June 30, 1998 were declared surplus and were adjusted in other schools or deputed non-teaching job continuing their service while those appointed after June 30, 1998 were relieved in case schools or classes were closed down due to non-availability of the requisite number of students per class.
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Though further details on this decision are still awaited as the decision was made late Monday evening, the move is welcomed by both the teaching and non-teaching fraternity. The affected teachers and schools along with various teaching and non-teaching associations had been making several representations to CM Anandiben Patel and Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama.
All these decisions were taken in the wake of declining Class X state board-Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board-results in last three-four years. As a major number of classes or sections were closed down in granted schools due to failure of meeting minimum number of students per section guideline in Class XI and XII.
Incidentally, the recent decision came despite state government’s previous move of revising its another guideline. On December 17, 2015 the state government issued a Government Resolution (GR) protecting teachers of granted secondary and higher secondary schools against getting surplus and thus relieved from their service and brought in major changes in the minimum number of students per class norm.
Despite revising this, nearly 100 teachers were asked to leave schools in the last six months.
The reduction in number of students ranged between 16 and 33 per cent applicable to schools in both rural and urban areas for both — class and subsequent additional sections — in Classes IX till XII.
For instance, in Class XI in urban area grant-in-aid schools the minimum number of students has been reduced from 60 to 40 and for an additional section this number has been reduced from 36 to 30. Similarly, in rural areas, from 60 to 40 students and for an additional section, from 24 to 20 students.
This change made in the middle of the academic session had directly benefitted some 700 schools and over 1,500 teachers who were identified as surplus. This revised norm that came into effect from the academic year of 2015-16 stated “During the current academic session, a large number of classes has been closed down because of low results in schools. Due to this, a large number of teachers were getting surplus. To avoid this scenario where teachers could be adjusted as well as to avoid classes from being closed down, a meeting was conducted which was chaired by the chief minister. The decision to make amendments in the minimum number of student intake norm in granted secondary and higher secondary schools was taken during this meet chaired by the CM,” the GR states.