The Delhi government would soon appoint 5,500 new teachers in its schools to fill the existing vacancies and end the shortage of teachers. Replying to a series of questions in the Delhi Assembly on Wednesday, Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely admitted that there was an acute shortage of teachers and the process has begun to induct them in the government schools.
NCP MLA Ramvir Singh Bidhuri began a series of questions on education, particularly freeship of 20 percent in the public schools. He alleged that the government was not pursuing the case seriously in the court and neither were the students from economically weaker sections being admitted in the public schools who were allotted land at a concessional rate.
Replying to the questions on the floor of the House, Lovely referred to the High Court orders and said it first ordered 20 percent freeship and then stayed the order on the plea of some schools. Subsequently a committee was constituted to frame the rules.
“We are committed to provide 20 percent freeship in the public schools and take all necessary measures to enforce it,” he said. Giving the details, he said in the first year (2004-05), 7600 students from economically weaker sections were given admission in the school and in the next session, the figure rose to 15,851 students. “We also issued show cause notice to 81 schools which failed to comply with the orders,” the minister said.
Lovely claimed that after the stay order, the government continuously represented in the court against the order. “Throughout the court proceedings, we have maintained that we want 20 percent freeship in these schools, he added.
Leader of Opposition Jagdish Mukhi alleged that several private schools admit the children of their class IV employees instead of the other weaker sections and still charge 25-50 percent of the normal fee from them. “For fear of being sacked, these employees do not come forward with their complain. At this, the minister said those children deserved to be educated in the public schools and are getting benefit from the scheme of freeship.
The announcement on teachers’ recruitment came when BJP MLA Mohan Singh Bisht said the schools in his constituency in north east Delhi hardly had 50 percent of the sanctioned strength of the teachers.