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Education dept tabulating surplus primary teachers

Education dept tabulating surplus primary teachers

12 Oct 2017 No comment 37 hits

Panaji: The directorate of education (DoE) is in the process of preparing a report on the number of surplus teachers in government schools, after the number of single-teacher schools were found to be on the rise. The state is looking at redistributing teachers from schools that have excess teachers to those that are facing a shortage.

Incidentally, data currently available with the Goa Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) shows that in 2015-16 there were 402 primary and 122 upper primary schools with surplus teachers.

The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan report had identified nearly 700 such teachers.

This figure of surplus teachers rose more than three times from 257 in 2013-14, the report said. "The state needs to redeploy the surplus teachers to maintain a comfortable PTR (pupil-teacher ratio) in every school," the SSA report states.

The report states that there were 1,658 government primary school teachers in 2015-16 for 756 schools.

Similarly, there were 366 government upper primary school teachers employed to teach in 121 institutions.

This shows a comfortable availability of an average of two and three teachers available per government primary and upper primary school, respectively. But, as per the DoE figures for 2015-16 the number of government primary schools in Goa with an enrolment of 20 or lower has gone up to over 300.

Of these, as many as 130 have 10 or fewer students, most with single digit enrolment. And, contrary to general belief, not all of these schools have a single teacher deployed because they have low enrolment.

While many schools in the state's interiors operate with a single teacher despite good enrolment, those in urban areas see more than the prescribed number of teachers, despite low enrolment.

The last teacher-transfer policy was framed by former director of education Celsa Pinto. IAS officer D P Dwivedi had later picked holes in it for its vague nature. These problems forced the DoE, from last year, to get newly recruited teachers to sign a bond pledging that they will dedicate their first 15 years of service to rural schools.

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