Already reeling under staff crunch and after a long, drawn out appointment process spread over a year, the Education Department has failed to fill in nearly 1,000 posts of Mathematics and Science teachers for government upper primary schools across Gujarat. The department now has to undergo the entire process by re-advertising these posts.
“The department will try to fill these 1,000 vacant posts that will take nearly two months. The re-advertising for recruitment will be opted after calling in the candidates in the waiting list. The department hopes to fill in these vacancies at the earliest,” said Deputy Director of Primary Education Dr Bharat Pandit.
These are the subjects where the state board senior secondary results reflected maximum failures by students in recent years. This was one of the major reasons that the department decided to exempt these two subject teachers from the charge of principal. In case these subject teachers want to take the responsibility, it would be granted only after they give an undertaking in writing that the result of their class will be more than 75 per cent in the state board examinations.
Based on poor results — defined as below 30 per cent by the department — the teachers of these two subjects under whom students scored below 30 per cent were issued show cause notices and subjected to transfers, mostly out of their home districts, coupled with suspension of three to five increments.
Against 8,800 vacancies in primary schools, including Gujarati and other mediums like Urdu, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu and Oriya from Class VI-VIII, the department received applications from 26,600 candidates who had cleared the state conducted Teachers Eligibility Test (TET).
Of the total 8,800 appointments of primary teachers, 3,000 posts of Mathematics and Science teachers were to be filled by the department by August first week. The remaining posts included 3,500 for Social Studies for zila panchayat and municipal corporations-run primary schools, and 2,300 shortlisted for various languages like Gujarati and English.