The recent decision to move Class VIII from secondary schools into primary schools has left 12,500-odd teachers in 6,000 secondary schools across the state virtually unemployed. The state Education Department now plans to employ them in clerical positions or in school libraries.
With the reduction of 11,370 Std VIII classes,12,482 teachers have been categorised as surplus. While around 2,500 of them were recently moved to vacant posts,the government is battling the task of accommodating the remaining 10,000 teachers, said joint director of secondary education E P Desai.
While the state Education Department is in the process of providing employment to the teachers,a Government Resolution (GR) passed on May 4 stated that school principals had the authority to transfer surplus teachers and vidya sahayaks for subjects including arts,music and other vocational subjects to wherever there is a vacancy in other government schools (including government-aided,district panchayat and corporation schools). The transferred teachers would have to carry out tasks other than teaching without any of the benefits that they were otherwise entitled to. Even those teachers who were part of secondary schools with more than a decades experience will be assigned clerical jobs or work in school libraries.
The Education Department made it clear that the fate of the teachers would entirely depend on the availability of vacancies.
The new secondary schools established under the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan scheme will also be accommodating the surplus teachers,stated the GR. The department is organising open camps in each district where the teachers are asked to select the school as per the available vacancies. Depending upon the qualification and experience,the surplus teachers will be adjusted in secondary schools, said Desai.
The restructuring of schools was undertaken in order to implement the Right to Education Act (RTE),which provides for free and compulsory primary education for children between six and 14 years of age. Class VIII was therefore moved to primary schools,which have been further divided into lower primary (Std I-V) and upper primary (Std VI-VIII). Changes were made in class IX and X schedules as well in order to adjust the surplus teachers in the schools. However,a large number of teachers still remain unemployed. After the implementation of the RTE Act,the department initiated the process of the appointment of 14,000 teachers for primary schools. While the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) for lower primary schools has been conducted,the TET for upper primary schools which was scheduled for June 22,has been postponed.