With the constitution of the Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC), the UT education department has cleared the decks for the much-awaited promotions of Junior Basic Teachers to the posts of master and mistress (Trained Graduate Teachers cadre).
Nearly 160 TGT posts will be filled up through such promotions. Sources said that the committee has already invited teachers eligible for promotions to apply before July 31, following which their applications will be scrutinised by the panel, which comprises director of public instructions (DPI), school, district education officer and other senior officials of the department.
The panel is likely to take a final decision in the first week of August.
Besides JBT teachers, nursery and drawing teachers, work experience instructors, senior lab attendants and ministerial staff will also be considered for the promotions.
According to sources, 70% of the promotion posts will be filled up by promoting JBT teachers, 15% by promoting nursery teachers and rest from the other categories including drawing teachers and lab attendants.
While BA/BEd is the minimum qualification to get promoted, department officials said that seniority will be taken into consideration while promoting teachers.
DPI (S) Kamlesh Kumar said that the process for promotions has already begun. “The final list of those promoted will be declared by first week of August.”
The promotions will spell good news to gover nment schools across city, in which posts of master and mistress have been lying vacant since 2013, after 186 teachers were promoted to the rank of lecturer and
transferred to other schools.
This put a lot of pressure on the schools and the existing teachers, who were forced to fill in for these teachers, in addition to their own duties.
“We are overburdened and understaffed. It is good that the department has finally begun the process to fill them through promotions,” said a school head.
Vinod Sharma, president of the Government Teachers Union (GTU) welcomed the move.
“The promotions have been long pending. Ever since the Trained Graduate Teachers/ master cadre teachers were promoted, JBT cadre teachers have demanded that they be promoted. Recently, a delegation of the GTU also met the DPI over the issue. Though we have been assured that the promotions will be cleared by August first week, we appeal the department to do it at the earliest,” he said.