Punjab government would constitute a recruitment board to ensure that vacant teaching posts in its schools are regularly filled up.
"There is a shortfall of 15% teachers in the state and to fill the gap, the government will make recruitments a regular practice. We are in the process of setting up the recruitment board, which will be in place very soon," Punjab education minister Sikander Singh Maluka said on Tuesday.
Haryana had already set up such a board and Punjab would do the same after studying the neighbouring state's set-up.
Maluka was speaking on the sidelines of a meeting with teachers associations on Punjab school education board premises here on Tuesday to invite suggestions for improvement of education in the state.
Concerned over vacant posts of teachers in rural areas, even as urban schools had surplus teachers, he said, "The rationalisation of posts of teachers of all streams will also be done so as to post surplus teachers in schools where their services are required."
He also made it clear that all teachers on deputation will be called back. "All teachers on deputation in government schools will be sent back to their original places of posting.… No teacher will work on deputation basis," clarified the education minister.
Replying to a question on loss of studies due to retirement of teachers in the middle of academic session, Maluka made it clear that no teacher would retire mid-session henceforth. "We have decided that teachers will retire twice a year -- on March 31 and September 30…no retirement in mid-sessions," he added.
Giving details of the new transfer policy for teachers, Maluka said, "Teachers generally keep demanding transfers and keep pressing for their favourable places of posting. We have decided that all such teachers would be given postings as per their choice of stations by May 2012. Thereafter, no transfer would be allowed for the next three years."
Maluka has already announced introduction of a weekly special period to make students of Class X, XI and XII aware of the side-effects of drugs along with their regular education.