A large number of vacant teaching posts at Senior Secondary Residential School for Meritorious are adding to the burden of the teachers working in the school, where the academic session began on July 13. Presently, the school has 14 teachers, who teach 740 students of Classes 11 and 12. The school has 288 students in Class 12 and 452 in Class 11. There are total 16 sections of Classes 11 and 12.
There are 171 vacant posts, which were advertised on the website of Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU), Amritsar, in June, in six meritorious schools of the state. Out of the total vacant posts, 30 posts- three each in Punjabi and English, two each in maths and biology, four in physics and five each in chemistry and commerce, principal and one computer teacher -were advertised for Ludhiana meritorious school. The non-teaching posts include one each for clerk and a warden and two for data entry operators.
A teacher, on condition of anonymity, said, "I have take classes single-handily, which becomes stressful for me. The higher authorities must send teachers at the earliest as it is burdening the existing teachers and can affect the school results too."
It is pertinent to mention here that Ludhiana deputy commissioner Rajat Aggarwal had sent five new computers for the school two months ago, but the school has not even received a single one from the higher authorities till now.
When contacted, project director of the meritorious schools, Major General KAS Bhullar (retd), said, "Counselling for teachers is going on at GNDU and Monday was the last day." However, he did not reply when the teachers would join the six meritorious schools.
When asked that when the students would get the computers, Bhullar said that it would take 90 days for the consignment to reachthe school.