New teachers will have to take eligibility test

New teachers will have to take eligibility test

NT NETWORK
 PANAJI
Announcing that the government will soon fill up 182 vacancies of primary teachers,  Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday said that eligibility tests will be made mandatory to teachers to be recruited in future.
Parrikar assured that “95 per cent of the issues” as regards contractual teachers will be resolved during the current academic year.
Replying on demands of grants on education, Parrikar said that there are enough primary schools in the state. Hence the government has decided that no permission for new school be given.
“I think the issue of medium of instruction will get resolved itself as the government has decided not to permit new primary schools,” he observed.
From the next academic year ‘neigbourhood school’ concept will be brought about by the education department, he added.
The teachers, who will be recruited in future, will have to take eligibility tests similar to  NET and SET and will have to go through an orientation programme.
He said the government will advertise the vacancies for 182 primary teachers in the next 15 days, Parrikar said.
Speaking out on being harassed for regularising jobs, Parrikar said, “I will keep last the files of those who harass me for jobs through their MLAs… stop harassing me for regularising jobs. The government will come out with a policy soon (on this),” he said.
Parrikar also hinted at considering changing the scheme under which students are provided with laptops.
“The government has decided to upgrade school computer laboratories… we are thinking to bring in changes to the laptop distributing policy for students, making the pupils to keep laptops in the schools,” he said.
On the no-detention policy, the Chief Minister said the state government has been waiting for guidelines from the central government, which has amended the RTE Act in 2017.
The Chief Minister said the new scheme for ‘balrath’ vehicles will be announced under which the management can take over school buses under the Chief Minister Rojgar Yojana.
He said that management of government-aided schools should have reserve funds in bank accounts for three-month salaries of teachers and other staffers.
“It is the responsibility of the concerned managements to pay salaries to the staff on time. They should have reserve funds in bank accounts. The government is reimbursing them with the grants-in-aid,” he noted.

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