Thursday, June 26, 2014

'Surplus teachers will not lose jobs'

'Surplus teachers will not lose jobs'

PUNE: The state commissioner of education has assured that surplus teachers, as per the district information data on schools, will not lose their jobs and will be absorbed in other schools.

The statement comes against the backdrop of the State Teachers' Association threatening to go on an indefinite strike from July 1. The association has claimed that the teachers who are surplus in state government schools, as a result of implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act, may lose their jobs.

S Chockalingam, commissioner of education, said: "The surplus teachers won't lose their jobs. We in fact need teachers to fill the vacant posts in other schools. We are still in the process of allocation and re-allocation of teachers. We will be allocating the surplus teachers to other schools which are facing staff crunch." In fact, we are even allocating undergraduate surplus teachers to upper primary schools despite the fact that eligibility for these posts is completion of graduation. Hence, teachers need not fear losing their jobs due to the new system, he added.

As per the RTE rules, schools must have 2 teachers for every 60 students, three for 61 to 90 students and four teachers for 91 to 120 students in each class between VI and VIII.

During the 2013-14 survey, the district information data reported 17,744 surplus undergraduate and graduate teachers in many upper primary schools in the state. An additional 17,000 to 18,000 teachers have been reported surplus in primary schools as per the RTE rules.

Meanwhile, on Monday, the association president Venunath Kadu said the association members will stage a protest rally in Mumbai on June 27. The association is also demanding that the state education department revert to the old rules pertaining to teacher-student ratio.

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