Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Govt to recruit 10,000 principals for schools

Govt to recruit 10,000 principals for schools


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The primary schools across the state that were so far governed by the senior most teachers (mukhya shikshak) will now have a new principals (acharya) as the head. In a first of its kind of initiative, the state Education Department in an attempt for better supervision and implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act has created the post of principal for around 34,000 primary schools across the state.
At present, 10,000 posts of principals for primary schools have been created in the budget. To be filled in phases, interview for 5,000 posts will be conducted on July 16 and 17 across the state.
In the second phase, another 5,000 posts will be filled in August. Though, at present posts for remaining schools have not been created, it is assured by the Education Department that the process will be completed soon during this academic session.
The candidates appearing for the interviews have been shortlisted on merit basis in the Head Teachers Aptitude Test (HTAT) conducted recently across the state. Similar to the entrance test that was conducted for the recruitment of fresh teachers through Teachers Eligibility Test (TET), HTAT was conducted for screening of candidates applying for the posts of principals.
"The appointment of 5,000 principals in the first phase will be equally divided between the Education Department and the state or the local government. For instance, 2,500 principals will be fresh applicants which will also include candidates from private schools and the remaining half to constitute the existing teachers in primary as well as secondary schools on the basis of their work experience. The condition of clearing HTAT is applicable for both the categories," a senior level officer of the department said.
For the 2,500 posts to be filled by the state government, 3,800 candidates will be appearing for the interview. The remaining seats are to be filled by the respective districts from their schools on the basis of service period of those who have cleared HTAT.
"For instance, 107 posts are created for 464 schools in Ahmedabad, 54 will be filled by the Ahmedabad Municipal School Board from the existing government schools. The number of these candidates appearing for the interview on Monday is 108, while remaining 53 are to be filled directly by the Education Department. Among 108 teachers who have cleared HTAT, those ranking high on the seniority list will be shortlisted," administrative officer of Municipal School Board L D Desai said.
The qualification for this post is a minimum of five years of experience in elementary education and graduation (BA/BSc) and BEd or Pre-Teacher Course (PTC). The fresh applications will be entirely on HTAT results.
The Municipal School Board Chairman Jagdish Bhavsar said, "This move taken for the first time in the history of the state is a very positive step towards implementation of RTE Act and better supervision of primary schools. With the addition of Class VIII in primary schools, the department felt a need for it."
The salary structure of principals will be between Rs 9,300-20,200. While, the salary for present heads which is on the basis of their experience is between Rs 9,300-34,800.
This will imply that though principals will be above the school heads, in some cases they will draw a lesser salary than the latter.

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