To fill vacant posts of teachers in government schools as per requirement and ensure optimum utilisation of staff, district education department Kapurthala has started rationalisation of teachers.
Under the rationalisation process, district education department authorities will collect details of surplus teachers in various schools of the district and send these to the Director General School Education (DGSE) office.
This will help posting teachers to schools where there is actually a requirement.
District education officers (DEO) of both primary and secondary, have started identifying the schools which have more teachers than needed.
There are 750 total schools in the district including 549 primary schools, 96 middle schools, 61 high schools and 50 senior secondary schools, of which around 100 schools need more teachers.
Under the policy, primary schools will have a teacher-student ratio of 1:30 while middle schools will have a ratio of 1:35. However, the ratio in high and senior secondary schools will be 1:40 and 1:50 respectively.
The process was also undertaken last year, but could not be implemented.
Sources said the rationalisation was just for namesake, as teachers after approaching political leaders, either stop their transfers or get posted to the schools of their choice after recommendation from leaders.
"Schools in remote villages need staff. As no teacher wants to get transfer there due to lack of transport facilities or long distance, rationalisation is always held back or delayed," a source said.
District education officer (secondary) Roop Lal said, "This effort of the government will prove helpful in improving education quality as there are many schools which have many students but are facing a shortage of teachers due to which students are suffered," he said.
Lal said authorities would sanction the posts of teachers on the basis of need and no teacher would be transferred unnecessarily.