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BHUBANESWAR: Even as the State Government has been able to arrest the high dropout rate of schoolchildren, it has failed to fill up the huge vacancy of teachers at primary level.
While the Government claimed that nearly 35,000 teacher posts are lying vacant at primary level, sources in Sikhyak Mahasangh said that the number would be more than 45,000. With many primary schools reeling under shortage of teachers, the existing teachers are shouldering the extra burden. Apart from trained teachers, there is shortage of headmasters and headmistresses too. Sources in the All Utkal Primary School Federation said more than 21,000 schools do not have headmaster/headmistress and there are many single teacher schools in many districts. A high-level meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, decided in December last year to recruit 17,543 sikhya sahayaks. Necessary instruction was issued to the district collectors to go for recruitment in a transparent manner. Though advertisements were issued and applications received, recruitment of teachers was stalled without any reason.
Sarva Sikhya Abhijan (SSA), a flagship programme of the Centre for universalisation of elementary education, was launched in 2001 with an objective to provide education to children in the age group of 6-14 in a time-bound manner. The other aim of the programme was to retain all the school-going children by 2010. The State has no doubt made a significant achievement by reducing the dropout rate from a high of 52.41 per cent in 2002-03 to 3.1 per cent in 2011-12. The number of out- of-school children came down from 10 lakh to 0.31 lakh during the same period. Besides, gender gap in primary enrolment has narrowed down. Meanwhile, the State Government has decided to open more schools in tribal sub-plan area so as to provide schooling to children near their villages and hamlets. If necessary, norms regarding number of children, required for opening a school, will be relaxed for tribal areas having inadequate communication infrastructure, official sources said.
Under the annual action plan for 2012-13, a budgetary provision of ` 3,679 crore has been made in which SSA component is around ` 3,571 crore, National Programme for Education of Girls at Elementary Level (NPEGEL) accounts for ` 18 crore and Kasturaba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) component is ` 89 crore. While the Centre is sharing the bulk of expenditure under SSA, the State Government should have no problem in filling up the vacant posts, said a functionary of the teachers’ federation.
BHUBANESWAR: The State Government has decided to launch a massive recruitment drive of teachers to ensure all children exercise their right to education.
Sources said that chief minister Naveen Patnaik has already given a go ahead to the proposal from the school and mass education department. Under the programme, 24,000 sikshya sahayaks will be appointed during the next three months. Advertisements for the largescale recruitment will be given next week.
There are 25493 vacancies of sikshya sahayaks in the state, out of which 24,000 is now proposed to be filled up. Out of these, the requirement for trained graduate teacher (TGT) in Science is 10,534 and TGT in Arts is 2499. Similarly, need for Plus Two CT trained in Science is 5113 and Plus Two Arts CT Trained is 5454.
Finance department sources maintained that the trained teachers will get Rs.4000 per month, while untrained will receive Rs.3500 per month. The state government is reported to be contemplating to engage teachers with lesser qualifications because of non-availability of trained teachers as required.
Accordingly, the Ministry of HRD has been moved to relax the training qualification. Chief minister Naveen Patnaik had taken up the issue of relaxation of training qualification with union HRD minister Kapil Sibal in November, 2010 during one of his Delhi visits.
All the district collectors have been asked to complete the process of recruitment of sikshya sahayaks by March, 2011.
In order to enhance the quality of primary education, the State Government has decided to recruit 17,820 sikshya sahayak (para-teachers) in the State.
School and Mass Education Minister Pratap Jena said that the Sikhya Sahayaks would be engaged in primary and upper primary schools. “We will open up another 1,703 primary schools and 928 upper primary schools in the State. Class VIII would also be opened up in the existing 5,616 upper primary schools,” he said.
Jean further said that the sikshya sahayak can apply from any one of the districts. However, they will submit an affidavit that they have not applied for any other districts. If any irregularity is found during the scrutiny, the claims would be rejected.
The teachers would be engaged at Rs 4,000 per month. Out of the 17,820 para-teachers 529 to be recruited in Angul, 941- Balasore, Baragarh- 453, Bhadrak-923, Balangiri- 443, Cuttack- 387, Dehnakanl-361, Gajapati- 405, Ganjam- 2750, Jagatsinghpur- 464, Jajpur- 1018, Jharsuguda- 334, Kalahandi-916, Kandhamal-499, Kendrapara- 343, Keonjhar- 598, Khurda- 416, Koraput-843, Malkangiri- 417, Mayurbhanj-1798, Nabarangpur-540, Nayagarh-107, Nupada-265, Puri-385, Subarnpur-88, Rayagada- 893 and Sundergarh-704.