ITANAGAR, Jun 20: Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Tuesday urged the officials of education department to carry out rationalisation process of transfer and posting of teachers speedily and to monitor its implementation so that excess teachers are shifted to schools facing teacher scarcity.
Khandu, during a discussion with the department officials, said that revamping of education scenario was a top priority for the state government and the Assembly had on March 9 adopted a resolution for rationalisation and streamlining of the education department, a CMO report said.
The meeting was attended by Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, Education Minister Honchun Ngandam, Education Parliamentary Secretary Pani Taram, Education Commissioner Hage Kojeen, Education Secretary Bidol Tayeng and others.
The state government’s direction had made the education department conduct extensive exercise to verify the number of schools and teachers. In total, 1,718 teachers are proposed to be transferred and posted within the districts and 802 teachers from one district to another.
Khandu assured to bear the financial burden – about Rs 10.82 crore – of transferring the teachers besides discussing issues in implementation of rationalisation further.
On the issue of accommodation for teachers in far-flung areas, the chief minister said the legislators of these areas could devote funds from SIDF to meet such infrastructure challenges. He also assured releasing funds to end acute shortage of books for schools.
Besides, Khandu assured creation of additional posts of teachers at secondary and higher secondary levels, as per requirements submitted by the education department. He directed the department to prepare number of vacancies for college teachers in view shortage of teaching faculties in various colleges.
In view of the deteriorating performances of students at secondary level, the chief minister decided to do away with no-detention policy. He accordingly directed the department to prepare cabinet note for discussion in the next cabinet sitting of July.
Khandu was briefed about the Tawang government college, which would begin its academic session for 2017-18 soon. The college would offer degree courses in English, Hindi, Political Science, Economy and Geography.
The meeting also discussed mechanism to regularise 6,585 Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) teachers serving across the state, the report added.