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Transfer pill for teacher shortage

Guwahati, June 6: Assam education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today said teachers from overstaffed government and provincialised higher secondary schools in the state would be transferred to the ones suffering from shortage of teachers.

He said the transfers would be done under the government’s “rationalisation” policy to ensure sufficient teachers in higher secondary schools in the state.

The minister made the announcement during a meeting with principals, headmasters and inspectors of government and provincialised schools held at Rabindra Bhawan here today.

Provincialised schools are those that are aided by the state government and the staff are government employees.

He said some higher secondary schools have more teachers than students while others are suffering from a shortage of teachers.

“To rectify this situation, we will rationalise teachers’ strength in the schools,” he said.

The process entails balancing the teacher:student ratio in schools.

“Surplus teachers from those schools, which fail to admit a sufficient number of students in the higher secondary section, will be transferred to those schools with a shortage of teachers,” he said.

“The basic idea is that teachers should not sit idle in the common room due to a lack of students when there is requirement in other schools,” he said.

He asked the principals to do whatever is necessary to increase number of students in higher secondary classes in their respective schools.

“Many students drop out after passing the matric exam as they can’t afford to pay fees for admission into higher secondary classes. Such students can be offered a rebate in admission fees in order to increase the number of students in higher secondary sections of government and provincialised schools,” he said.

Sarma said the government and provincialised schools in the state must get their act right for the state government to implement the UGC directive to delink higher secondary level from degree colleges.

He said to achieve the target of upgrade of 500 high schools to higher secondary, they are beginning with 200 schools and the public works department has been provided with funds to construct additional classrooms and other infrastructure in these 200 schools.

According to the new education policy of the Centre, Classes IX to XII are considered the higher secondary circle.

“Therefore, if a school has fewer students in the higher secondary section, then the surplus higher secondary teachers shall be utilised to teach Classes IX and X,” he said.

He also asked the principals to complete the recruitment of teachers in 907 vacant posts in provincialised higher secondary schools by July 20.


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