Students of Classes I to VIII, studying in state-run schools starved of teachers, can finally heave a sigh of relief.
Chief minister Hemant Soren and state HRD minister Geetashree Oraon will distribute appointment letters to teachers in Ranchi district on July 15, kick-starting the first phase of recruitment.
This is the first time after the creation of Jharkhand in 2000 that the state government has launched an initiative to fill vacant teaching posts in government schools.
Sources from the primary education department said they would fill up vacant posts in the 40,000 schools in the state in phases.
A state primary education department official said Ranchi district had 2,486 state-run schools offering education up to Class VIII. As many as 596 posts of regular teachers and 399 for Urdu teachers are vacant in the district.
So far, the department has received 6,602 applications from candidates who have passed Teacher Eligibility Test (TET).
The department will form a five-member committee, which will then scrutinise the application forms.
Based on its scrutiny, the panel will prepare a list based on TET scores and academic performance at the levels of matriculation, intermediate, graduation and BEd exams.
“The selected candidates will be asked to report for certificate verifications. The selection process will be entirely based on their academic credentials. We will complete the process by July 10,” said state primary education director Jeet Vahan Oraon.
Jayant Mishra, Ranchi district superintendent of education, said they had prepared a database of those who have submitted applications.
“We have already prepared a list of vacant posts in all primary and upper primary schools (Classes I to VIII) of Ranchi district and the five-member team will soon start the selection process of teachers,” said Mishra.
The news has delighted principals of primary and upper primary schools, who have been managing the day-to-day operations for years with parateachers.
“We have 10 posts of permanent teachers, four of which are lying vacant. Our long wait seems to be finally over,” said Ajay Kumar, principal of the state-run cradle at Nagri, on the outskirts of the capital.
“I am managing with four parateachers,” he added.
Principal Kumar further expressed hope that with the recruitment of BEd-trained teachers, the quality of education would improve.
Total number of state-run schools
Vacancies in state-run primary and upper primary schools: 18,000
Number of candidates who qualified the 2013 TET for primary level: 22,000
Number of candidates who qualified the 2013 TET for upper-primary level: 43,000