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Understaffed UT schools to lose 100 teachers to Haryana

Understaffed UT schools to lose 100 teachers to Haryana

TNN Dec 19, 2013, 06.22AM IST

CHANDIGARH: Already short of more than 1,000 teachers, UT education department is soon going to lose hundreds more. Thanks to the delay in the sanction of posts by UT education department and ministry of human resource development (MHRD), New Delhi. Nearly 100 teachers, including JBT and guest faculty, have already resigned to join government schools of Haryana, while another 550 would leave in another two months.
The teachers have started moving to Haryana after the state government got a clean chit from the Punjab and Haryana high court last week to carry forward the teachers' recruitment.
"The Haryana government was waiting for the stay to be removed and they received that nod on Friday. They had already made the list of selected teachers and released it on Saturday following which 100 teachers left and joined their respective schools on Saturday itself and the rest will be leaving in another two months. A maximum of these teachers are from Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and a few are guest teachers," said Arvind Rana, president, SSA Teachers' Welfare Association.
"If the RTE Act is to be considered, the education department is short of nearly 1,300 seats and had asked for sanction of nearly 3,400 seats from the ministry of human resource and development. Out of this, 1,390 were for regularization of SSA teachers, from which 1,228 teachers are already teaching in government schools on contract basis. We have been repeatedly requesting the education department and the centre for speeding up the process," he added.
Rana said the UT education department must seek immediate sanction of posts from the MHRD or else students would suffer at a time that was most crucial in the entire year." He assured that since UT has a better pay scale, nearly 70% of teachers would reconsider leaving if they were regularized. "Also those who have resigned might come back as they can join back easily within three months of their resignation," he added.
Director public instructions (schools) Kamlesh Kumar could not be contacted.

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