With over 67,000 posts of lecturers in government-run zilla parishad colleges vacant, the state faculty schooling division has mentioned that it will likely be a monetary burden on the federal government to recruit lecturers at such a big scale.
In a letter to the commissioner and director of schooling, dated September 21, the division has mentioned, “Out of the total expenditure of the state, 18 per cent is spent on the education sector, wherein the largest part of the fund is spent on salaries. The department has requested to make teachers’ appointments for a total of 67,755 posts, which are vacant. But teachers’ appointment at such a large level will be a financial burden on the government.”
The letter has sought knowledge on lecturers working in authorities colleges, to be submitted to the finance division. It has additionally requested for particulars on the method of Samayojan (adjustment of lecturers) and knowledge on colleges having lower than 20 college students in addition to what motion has been taken to close down such colleges.
An official mentioned, “The idea to shut schools having less students has been on cards since 2015. However, no steps were taken till now. Now, the government is again floating the idea to close down such schools and adjust the teachers in schools with more students.”
Many lecturers mentioned this may very well be an indicator that the ban on new appointments could proceed. A trainer mentioned that closing down colleges having much less variety of college students can be a violation of the Right To Education Act, which insists on offering major schooling to all inside 1 km.
“Most schools having less than 20 students are located in hilly or inaccessible areas. If these schools are closed, the students may drop out of the mainstream education system,” a trainer mentioned.