UT banking on contract teachers to run its schools

Jan 09 2013, 10:21 IST
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SummarySince 1994, the dept has failed to fill 200 posts under the promotion quota. Sources said that though the UT education department had in May 2012 principally decided to fill the posts, till date no action has been taken

Since 1994, the dept has failed to fill 200 posts under the promotion quota. Sources said that though the UT education department had in May 2012 principally decided to fill the posts, till date no action has been taken

It seems that the UT Education Department is promoting ad-hocism in the government schools as it has been appointing teachers either on a contract basis or on deputation. Government schools, especially in those located at the cityís periphery including at Krisan, Manimajra and Mansa Devi, have at least five to six teacher posts lying vacant. Moreover, since 1994, the department has failed to fill 200 posts under the promotion quota. Sources informed that though UT education department had in May 2012 principally decided to fill the posts, till date no action has been taken.

These 200 posts are to be filled by promoting master, mistress and language masters cadre teachers. Sources also informed that only in 1991, the department had promoted over 150 teachers subject due to High Court orders. Furthermore, over the past 10 years around 80 part time teachers are teaching students who took vocational stream in their senior secondary classes.

When asked, Government Teachers Union (GTU) president Dr Vinod Sharma said: ď Yes, rather than promoting senior master/mistress and language cadre teachers, the department appoints teachers on deputation. They are making senior teachers devoid of their right to get promoted to teach Class XI and XIIĒ.

Already the education department is in dock for not clearing its stand pertaining to EWS reimbursement fee issue raised by the private schools while the GTU has met Director Public Instructions (DPI)(Schools) Upkar Singh raising their demands to regularise the teachers and fill the posts under promotion quota. The department assured them that they would look into the matter.

Sources further informed that it was in 2009 when as many as 536 posts were filled. DPI (S) had informed Chandigarh Newsline that the process to regularise certain teachers is under process and is at an advanced stage.

Dr Sharma further said that GTU would keep meeting the authorities to check the status of their demands which included promotion issues, regularizing teachers and fresh appointments.

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