With less than three months to the Assembly elections, the Delhi government has decided to increase the employable age of its teachers from 62 to 65 years.
The Delhi Cabinet gave its approval to the long-pending demand of teachers in a meeting on Monday.
The move is likely to benefit more than one lakh teachers working with government and government-aided schools in Delhi.
The government is likely to make a formal announcement on Teacher’s Day on September 5.
Education department officials said the retirement age of teachers would continue to be 60. “Earlier, we used to offer a two-year extension to teachers. We will now offer a five-year extension to them,” a senior education department official said.
Officials said the teachers would be paid their retirement benefits, including pension and gratuity, when they retire at the age of 60.
“They will be re-employed by the government and will be given a fixed amount of salary every month. The salary will be calculated after deducting the pension amount these teachers will get from the last salary they had drawn while in service,” an official said.
According to directorate of education officials, all categories of teachers up to the postgraduate level, headmasters, vice-principals and principals in government-run and aided schools will benefit.
Officials said there is an acute shortage of experienced teachers in Delhi schools and the proposal will help to bridge the gap.
Though the Delhi government had been asking the Delhi State Subordinate Selection Board (DSSSB) to conduct an exam to hire teachers, officials said the process had been very slow.
“There is vacancy for almost 12,000 teachers and an equal number of non-teaching staff in schools. While the number of students in government schools has gone up from 12 lakh five years ago to almost 14 lakh now, the number of teachers has remained the same,” a senior official said.
“With their experience, the re-employed teachers will be able improve the quality of education and school results,” the official said.