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Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan renews contracts of 168 para-teachers

Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan renews contracts of 168 para-teachers

TNN Jul 11, 2012, 12.50AM IST

PANAJI: The Goa Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) issued orders on Tuesday renewing the contracts of 168 para-teachers for the current academic year 2012-13, following orders from chief minister Manohar Parrikar. The para-teachers had approached Parrikar, who is also the education minister, to resolve the matter of their appointment.
Para-teachers are employed by the Goa SSA on an annual contract basis and their services are employed in government primary schools.

"The annual contracts of the para-teachers ended on March 31 and they had met the chief minister about their contracts not being renewed. The chief minister, in his meeting, told them that their contracts would be renewed but made it clear that it will be only for a year. He asked them to take up and continue further studies in the meantime," an official source said.
Para-teachers' job involves assisting government primary teachers, especially in teaching English as the regional language teachers may lack the English language skills. Services of para-teachers are also used where schools have single teachers or there are fewer teachers available as against the enrolment. "For the first three years of the SSA programme being launched, the central government would make the financial provision for appointment of para-teachers. But since the last two years or so, it is the state government who is paying for appointment of the para-teachers as no provision is being made by the central government, as their appointment was only to streamline teaching during the initial years of SSA. Therefore, the issue went to the chief minister as it was question of state funds," the source said.
The para-teachers had held a protest in September 2009 demanding that their services be regularized and that they be brought on par with government servants.

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