The classrooms have been allotted and even students have started coming to schools with their new books,but teachers qualified to take the classes are missing.
The state government had recently taken a decision to start Class VIII in primary schools run by the municipal education boards and district panchayats across Gujarat. Students coming out from government schools after Class VII were facing great difficulty in seeking admission in Class VIII in private schools. Following the governments directive,the municipal and district panchayat boards started the new classes in the same schools for the new academic year.
Surat Municipal School Board started 136 classes in 110 schools in the city to accommodate 6,114 students (3,263 are boys and 2,851 girls). Surat Municipal School board runs 176 schools in the city.
The state governments Education Department had decided to appoint teachers for the new Class VIII with the eligibility criteria being a graduation with a B.Ed degree. The new academic year started from Monday,but the teachers are yet to be allocated to the different schools.
The Surat Municipal Education Board has now asked primary teachers to tutor the Class VIII students till the new appointments are made. The education criteria for primary teachers is a Primary Teachers Certificate (PTC) training.
Surat Municipal School Board Chairman Rupin Pachhigar said: The state government had taken the responsibility to appoint qualified teachers as per the rules and regulations,and we are waiting for the same. We have instructed the primary teachers to teach the Class VIII students for the time being.
He added: We are imparting education to students in different mediums like Gujarati,Hindi,Urdu,Marathi,English and Telugu. This year we have started Class VIII only for Gujarati medium students. We have also planned to start Class VIII in other mediums in the coming years.