In a major boost to the city’s education sector, the central human resource development ministry has sanctioned about 1,150 teaching as well as nonteaching positions in the UT education department.
The process on creating the new posts had been under way for over a year and, after several rounds of meetings, the ministry finally gave the nod to the UT department to appoint teaching as well as nonteaching staff.
Many feel the move will further improve the pupil-teacher ratio in the city’s educational institutions, which at 1:47 is currently higher than what has been proposed in the Right to Education Act of 2009.
Sources close to the education department said the ministry’s approval came Thursday morning. Out of 1150 posts sanctioned, nearly 1100 are for the teaching staff and rest for the non-teaching staff to be deputed at DPI as well as the district education officer office.
In the teaching staff, the department got approval to recruit 683 posts of Trained Graduate Teachers and 342 posts of Junior Basic teachers
Since a new section at the prenursery level needs to be added in several government schools, the department also got the permission to appoint 83 new Nursery Teacher Trainers.
In the proposal sent to the ministry, the education department had asked the ministry to regularise 1,300 posts, already recruited under SSA society, Chandigarh on contractual basis.
The department officials said that while the ministry had asked the department to retain these posts but whether these posts were regularised by the ministry, was yet not cleared.
When contacted, director public instruction (s) Kamlesh Kumar, he confirmed the development and said the sanction by the ministry for new appointments on teaching as well as non-teaching posts would help the department to improve the quality education in Chandigarh.
“It would give a big boast to the department to strengthen our child-teacher ratio as per the RTE act, he said
Besides teaching posts, the ministry also gave the sanction of two posts of Deputy Director and nearly 50 posts clerical posts at the directorate level and the district education office.
It includes news posts of clerk, senior assistant and steno etc.
“As the workload has increased due to the Right To Education (RTE) Act as well as other schemes, including Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan, the directorate office needed more staff. The approval by the ministry is a welcome step,” said an official.