Govt schools to get guest teachers

Shortage of teachers forces stop-gap arrangement

Guess how much is the shortage of teachers in the government-run schools in the State? It’s  a whopping 14,000.

Primary and Secondary Education Minister Vishveshwara Hegde Kageri, who disclosed this information in the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday, said the department has decided to hire the services of guest teachers till new recruitments are made.

Currently, the process to recruit 3,407 teachers is underway. Steps will be taken to recruit more teachers after obtaining clearance from the Finance Department, he added.

However, members cutting across party lines expressed serious concern over the severe shortage of teachers and demanded that the government should take steps to hire guest teachers within next 15 days.

Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar intervened and assured that he will take an appropriate decision to solve the problem soon after the session.

RTE

On implementation of the RTE Act, Kageri said about one lakh seats in both aided and unaided schools will have to be set aside for poor students under the 25 per cent quota of the RTE Act.

In the current academic year, about 47,501 poor students have got seats under the quota. In 1,181 schools in Bangalore city limits, about 4,876 seats have gone to the poor category students.

All the seats could not be utilised due to delay in implementing the Act, he added.
The government will, however, take all measures to ensure effective implementation of the RTE Act from the next academic year, he said.

Principals empowered


Higher Education Minister C T Ravi, who was replying to a question by Kimmane Ratnakar (Cong), said principals of the government pre-university colleges have been empowered to hire the services of guest lecturers. A government order with guidelines in this regard have been issued, he added.

He said the department has taken steps to fill 276 vacant science and mathematics lecturers’ posts. Altogether, about 847 lecturers’ posts are vacant, he added.

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