The Education Minister of West Bengal has recently announced that the State is meddling with the thought to recruit former retired teachers as guest teachers in the primary and secondary schools of the State. This will fill the huge gap in the student-teacher ratio in the State run schools.
Answering the question raised by the Congress MLA Nepal Mahto in the Assembly, regarding the scarcity of school teachers in the State, the Education Minister said, “We are looking into the issue. For those schools with problems of teachers, we will contact the former teachers of those schools of those in the vicinity and see if they can be appointed as guest teachers to those schools.”
He further addressed the reporters after the assembly hours ended and said that the State is trying to fill up the vacant teacher positions as early as possible, but the centre is not responding to the State’s request to announce the results of the teacher’s recruitment examinations that were held recently for the primary and secondary level.
He further Stated, “We have written to the Centre twice, to let us announce the result immediately. We have got no response from them so far.” He mentioned that the Principal Secretary would visit New Delhi next month to talk the issue through and try to come out with a possible solution to the jinx.
The centre had challenged the decision of the State to allow even non-B.Ed students appear for the teacher recruitment examination in the court. The process for the selection of teachers thus got stalled at the court. After the court case, the Model Code of Conduct got implemented in the State due to Assembly elections, and thus the recruitment of the teachers couldn’t get completed. For the 70000 odd teacher vacancies in the primary and secondary schools in the State over 35 lakh candidates took part.
Chatterjee said, “Once we get a green signal, the entire process could be completed by December. A large number of aspirants are waiting eagerly for the results.” He further said that in order to deal with the situation in hand practically and in a rationalist manner, the government is meddling with the idea of incorporating retired government teachers to join as guest teachers in the schools.
He concluded saying, “The governing bodies of the schools will decide whether they require teachers. Depending on that, they will send us a list of requirements from these schools for appointing guest teachers. If a schools has excess number of teachers and another school in the vicinity has more vacancies, the teachers from that school would be transferred to that school where the number is inadequate.”