The Punjab government on Friday created a separate cadre of teachers to tackle the "acute and perennial shortage" of staff in schools in border areas.
For the past 65 years, schools in border areas have faced a shortage of staff and, deputy chief minister (CM) Sukhbir Singh Badal said, this could be solved only by creating a separate cadre of teachers, who would remain permanently posted in these areas.
The deputy CM's statement came on Friday after he reviewed the education department along with education minister Sikander Singh Maluka and MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal. Maluka said the education department had already sought options from teachers interested in being a part of the cadre.
Giving directions to fill vacant posts in schools in rural areas, Badal said that all newly-recruited teachers would be compulsorily posted in rural areas for at least three years. Mooting a new school bus scheme for students in rural areas, the deputy CM asked the secretaries of education and transport to jointly work out a 'School Transport Scheme' model and run it on trial basis in Mansa and Bathinda districts. He said the scheme, if successful, could be replicated throughout the state.