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Bihar govt to compulsorily retire non-performing teachers, officials above age of 50 years

A committee is already working to identify such headmasters, teachers, block education officers or district education officers

india Updated: Aug 03, 2017 20:43 IST
Arun Kumar
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar holding a meeting of education department in Patna on Thursday .
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar holding a meeting of education department in Patna on Thursday . (A P Dube /Hindustan Times)

Taking a serious note of poor results in matric and intermediate exams this year, the government has decided to compulsorily retire non-performing headmasters, teachers and education department officials above the age of 50 years. 

Chief secretary Anjani Kumar Singh announced this after the review of the department of education by chief minister Nitish Kumar. Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi, education minister Krishna Nandan Prasad Verma, chief secretary Anjani Kumar Singh, development commissioner Shishir Kumar Sinha, principal secretary, department of education, R K Mahajan and a host of other officials were present at the meeting. 

“The state government is in the process of identifying non-performing institutions and all those responsible for poor show will be given compulsory retirement, as per government norms. A committee under Mahajan is already working under it to identify such headmasters, teachers, block education officers or district education officers,” he said, adding those teachers having failed thrice in the assessment test would also be removed. 

The matter of huge scarcity of qualified teachers in secondary and higher secondary schools also came up during the meeting. Singh admitted that in English, mathematics and science subjects finding qualified teachers was proving to be difficult and the government would go in for centralised recruitment without tampering with the existing setup. He said the state government was spending Rs 7800 crore on primary teachers’ salary alone and it would like them to perform. 

“The government will send recommendations and the panchayati raj institutions will make the appointments, as is the case today. At present, PRI institutions are unable to find suitable candidates for recruitment. There will also be provision of guest faculty,” he said, adding till it was done, the government would go in for e-learning in schools and start with a pilot project. 

With a view to improving results in matriculation and intermediate, the government has also asked the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) to work out changes, with greater emphasis on multiple-choice questions. “At present, CBSE and ICSE students score above 95% in huge numbers, while Bihar board toppers barely reach 85%. The Bihar board will prepare model question papers with answers for students,” he added. 

On the excruciating delay in supply of textbooks to students, Singh said it was mainly because of the closure of paper supplying firm HPCL, “Now fresh tenders have been floated for both papers and printing. The supplies would begin from September. However, the state government is also seriously into developing the environment-friendly practice of using old books. This year, 32% books in good condition were taken from students moving to senior classes and efforts will be made to increase it from next year,” he added. 

The government will also go in for merger of two or more schools running in the same building in urban areas. “The surplus teachers will be relocated elsewhere for rationalisation,” he added. 

Regarding huge vacancies in higher education institutions, Singh said the BPSC had already sent recommendations for 933 appointments out of the 3334 vacancies advertised earlier. “Besides, a separate bill will be brought for the constitution of the Bihar State University Service Commission for recruitment on new vacancies,” he added. 

In another important decision, the government will now form a registered society to directly give loans to students for higher education, as the students’ credit card scheme has not met with desired success. The society is likely to be formed in the next three months and it will also deal with post-matric scholarship distribution.

So far, an amount of Rs 15.34 crore under the credit card scheme had been distributed to just 1825 candidates against 20542 applications.