Guwahati : Assam Education Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya has admitted that there are loopholes in the education department as the Minister has said that most of the officers “don’t work the way they should”.
It may be noted that over 36,500 posts of teachers are lying vacant in schools of all levels across Assam. The Minister said that when a teacher retires, the school or college authorities don’t inform the education department of the retirement in advance so as to fill the vacant post on time.
“The department can only fill up the vacancies on time when it gets a clear picture of vacant posts. A notice has been issued to the principals or headmasters to inform the department of the retirement of teachers six months in advance so that we can start the process and appoint a new teacher on time,” he said on the floor of the Assam Assembly on February 20th, 2019.
Going by the numbers provided by the education department, a total of 36,523 teaching posts are vacant at present, including 17,293 posts in primary schools. 10,137 posts in lower primary; 7,156 are in upper primary schools and 19,230 teaching posts in higher and Madrassa schools are lying vacant.
Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya on being asked by AIUDF MLA Nurul Huda why wait for reports to be submitted by headmasters and principals? ISs and DEOs can also send the retirement information to the department in advance. On this the Minister replied that not always the officers work as expected of them thus delaying the entire process. And such laid back work has been continuing for many years.
Bhattacharya further informed that the students-teacher ratio in lower primary and upper primary schools should be 30:1 and 35:1 respectively, but currently it is lower in Assam than the prescribed limit.