16,000 teachers to be hired by year-end: Minister

The Department of Primary & Secondary Education will recruit 16,000 teachers for government schools and PU colleges by the year-end, Minister for Primary & Secondary Education Kimmane Ratnakar said.

Briefing reporters, he said 11, 778 teaching posts – 9511 in primary schools, 1137 in high schools and 1130 in PU colleges – had already been approved by the Cabinet and an ‘oral consent’ for another 5,000 posts had been given by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

Ratnakar said transfer of 11,000 teachers would be completed by July.

As many as 46,000 more requests for transfer are pending with the department. He announced a second round of transfers in October for pending requests.

“This will be done only after amending the rules in the Karnataka State Civil Services (Regulation of Transfer of Teachers) Act, 2007, to increase the cap on transfers.”

With Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) being introduced for Class 10 under the State syllabus for the first time this year, he said a detailed pattern of evaluation process would be introduced soon.

Only “guidelines on the system” of CCE would be given to private unaided schools.

Despite the CCE being introduced for various classes in all schools following the State syllabus, it was only the government schoolteachers who received training in the conduct of evaluation.

Other announcements made by Ratnakar include the setting up of 100 model schools in the Hyderabad-Karnataka region by this year and allocation of  Rs 40 lakh to each Assembly constituency to build toilets and provide drinking water in schools.

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