After a wait of four months, the UT Education Department recruited a total of 550 teachers in the government schools. Though the teachers were given 15 days for joining, some of them joined the respective schools Tuesday.
Teachers have been recruited in the government model senior secondary schools (GMSSS) in sectors 45, 44, 38(W), 46, 33, 20, 26 (TM) and 34, Dhanas, Burail, Vikas Nagar, Mauli Jagran, Mauli Colony, Hallomajra and Raipurkalan, among others.
The schools which need more teachers, both at the primary and senior secondary levels, include the government high schools in Colony Number 4, Khuda Lahora, Khuda Jassu, Behlana, Manimajra (Model town), Karsan, sectors 12, 27 and 33, Sarangpur, etc.
The education department had conducted the recruitment test in February this year for 489 posts of Junior Basic Teachers (JBTs), 103 posts of Nursery Trained Teachers (NTTs) and 548 posts of Trained Graduate Teachers (TGTs).
The recruitment of 560 more teachers is also pending with the department. The officials said the recruitment process for the same would be held in the month-end.
At present, the government schools still need over 1,000 teachers to fulfill the RTE criteria of having a student-teacher ratio of 35:1 or 40:1. The current ratio in some schools varies from 70:1 to 90:1.
Former Director Public Instructions (Schools), Kamlesh Kumar, who was relieved of his duties Monday, had given the appointment letters to the teachers on August 14, while the announcement was done at an Independence Day function held at Tagore Theatre in Sector 18.