Question mark over Punjab's education standard: 26% teaching and 36% non-teaching posts lying vacant
On the one hand eligibility test passed unemployed teachers are crying for jobs whereas on the other hand, 26 per cent posts of teaching staff are lying vacant in government primary, middle, high and senior secondary schools.
Similarly, 36 per cent seats of
non-teaching staff are lying vacant of the category of class IV,
clerk, assistants and senior clerks. The shortage of both the
categories are badly affecting the education system in the state.
On the information given by Education
Minister, Daljit Singh Cheema in the Assembly session about the
vacant posts of teaching and non-teaching lying vacant in government
schools of Punjab, Raj Kishore Kalra, Patron and Ashok Monga, Member,
Punjab Education Reforms Committee said, in all the government
schools in the state, 1, 09, 467 sanctioned posts of different
categories, 28, 229 posts are lying vacant. They further informed
that in middle, high and senior secondary schools, against 76, 833
posts, around 21, 217 posts, say about 28 per cent posts are lying
Giving a proposal to the Punjab
Government, the Punjab
Education Reforms Committee members said, in
case the JBT qualified teachers in primary schools, master cadre in
lecturer cadre or headmaster or lecturer and headmaster to principal
cadre and class-2 to class-1 are promoted in all categories, the
problem of filling up the vacant posts would be solved and the
promoted teachers will have feeling of higher responsibility.
Further, the vacant posts in the
primary cadre can be filled through recruitment.
The Committee also demanded from the
Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister that in
case the government wants to upgrade the standard of education in
Punjab in real sense, then the process of filling up the vacant posts
of teaching and non-teaching staff should be started immediately.
While these arrangements will bring
efficiency in the working of the education department, the unemployed
qualified teachers would also get the opportunity to get the jobs.