Two months after the ministry of human resource development sanctioned 1,100 teaching posts for the union territory, the UT education department will soon begin the process of recruiting teachers.
Sources said that the department has already sent the file to the higher officials to seek their approval. Meanwhile, the recruitment rules already in place have to be amended before the process is initiated.
The Right to Education Act, 2009, mandates that every state/ UT must notify t he a mendments in its recruitment rules as per the guidelines issued by National Council for Teachers Education (NCTE) before the recruitment process is undertaken.
Department officials said that as per the NCTE rules, every state is mandated to recruit teachers only the basis of the teacher eligibility test (TET) conducted by it.
Chandigarh, being a union territory, must recruit on the basis of the Central Teachers Eligibility Test (CTET), conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education.
In case the r ules are not amended on time, the hiring process will be done on the basis of the draft notification which was followed while hiring Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan teachers last year.
In March, the human resource development ministry sanctioned 1,108 posts, including 683 Trained Graduate Teachers (TGT), 342 Junior Basic Teachers (JBT) and 83 of the nursery-teaching cadre positions, besides 22 clerical posts at the directorate level, including some new posts, for the city.
Officials said that the move would improve the pupil-teacher ratio at the union territory, which currently stands at 1:47, higher than the ratio mandated by the Right to Education (RTE) Act.
DPI (s) Kamlesh Kumar said that the file for the process has been sent for approval and the hiring will begin soon.
The recruitment process gains particular significance as schools in the union territory have nearly 600 of the already existing 3,250 teaching posts vacant.