Government cancels teacher deployments to streamline PTR in schools
Srinagar, Feb 25: The government has ordered the cancellation of all deploy ment of teachers to streamline thelopsided Pupil-Teacher Ratio (PTR) in government schools.
The decision was taken in a meeting
chaired by Chief Secretary (CS) ArunKumar Mehta to review the functioning of the School Education Department (SED).
The chief secretary, as per the officialdocument, has asked SED to ensure quality education was imparted to the students in government schools.
The initiative has been taken given the reopening of schools and owing to thedearth of teaching staff in government
schools located in far-off areas.The department is facing a shortfall of teachers in rural schools owing to the deployment of teachers in other depart ments where they are assigned non-teach-
Principal Secretary SED Bishwajit Kumar Singh told Greater Kashmir that
the dearth of teachers in rural schools tells upon the performance of the students in annual board exams.
In wake of the government directions, Deputy Commissioner Baramulla on Thursday issued circular instructions to the district education authorities to shift the teachers to their substantial positions
to maintain PTR in schools.
“Given the government directions issued from time to time, it has become imperative to ensure detachment of teach ers to their substantial positions,” a circuar issued by DC Baramulla reads.
Referring to the government directions,
the DC said it had been desired to imme-
diately do away with the attachments of
the teachers and ask them to resume their
duties at substantial postings.
“All attachments will be cancelled
forthwith and the process of detachment
will be completed by or before March 1,
2022,” he said.
The DC has asked the Chief EducationOfficer (CEO) Baramulla to submit theAction Taken Report to his office by or before March 1.
In this regard, the CEO Baramulla in an
official communication to the DC Baramulla has said that a large chunk of teachers had been engaged as verifiers and in other COVID-related assignments in different vaccination centres of the district.
“The rush at vaccination sites is witnessing a continuous downward trend and the children in the age group of 15 to 17 years have been inoculated and engagement of teachers as verifiers in such numbers may adversely affect formal schooling,” the official communication reads.
The CEO has said, as per the groundreports, the teachers deployed as verifiers had “very little” work to do at the secentres.
“You are requested to direct the Chief Medical Officer Baramulla to relieve them from this assignment so that they can join schools back,” the letter reads. Notably, the Zonal Education Officers
(ZEOs) in various districts have also can- celled the deployment and attachment of
teachers who were shifted to other schools.
The teachers have been ordered to join their original postings