Gopal Kateshiya : Rajkot, Tue Apr 02 2013, 02:49 hrs
Around 300 teachers of secondary schools of Rajkot district are facing compulsory transfers in primary schools from the next academic session. These teachers have fallen surplus post merger of Class VIII in primary section under the Right to Education (RTE) Act.
Presently, there are 339 secondary teachers surplus in the district. While 85 of them are teachers of physical education, 86 are for Hindi language. They are followed by their counterparts of Sanskrit and Maths and Science at 54 and 56 respectively. These teachers had lost their teaching jobs beginning from 2011-12 due to lack of students and merger of around Class VIII in primary section. Currently, they are working in various offices handling duties of revenue officers and booth-level officers for election commission.
While the district education officer (DEO) of Rajkot has organised a school selection camp for these teachers Wednesday, the number of vacancies in the district schools is just 68. This means 271 teachers will be compulsorily shifted in primary section.
"Those who will not make it to the merit list will be shifted in the primary section. The state commissioner for primary education will take a call on their future then," DEO Jivabhai Visiya said Monday.
However, those who would be transferred in the primary education services of the state government would continue to enjoy pay and perks by their counterparts in secondary section, the DEO further said.
"They will be given postings according to their subject expertise in primary schools but would continue to get benefits of secondary teachers," said Visiya.
The merit list for the selection camp has been drawn on the basis of seniority for each subject. The maximum number of vacancies, 29 are for Mathematics and Science teachers with English subject coming second at 17. Teachers of physical education are likely to be the worst hit lot as against 85 surplus, there is only one vacancy.