Jammu, 11 May: The state government has decided to amend the rules for recruitment of teachers in order to provide quality education and an SRO is likely to be issued shortly in this regard. With these amends, the recruiting agency of the government will be able to fill around 3000 posts of teachers.
As per the detailed exercise carried out by the School Education Department on the directions of the Education Minister, Naeem Akhtar, it has been observed that 10+2 is not the sufficient basic qualification for recruitment of teachers from the quality education point of view. While giving details to a local daily the minister said that it has been noted that 10+2 qualified teachers are not up to the expectations of the students community as such quality of education in the Government schools is getting compromised and they don’t wish to play with the future of the students. He added that the Government teachers don’t involve themselves to enhance their knowledge by participating in the orientation programmes and other extra-curricular activities.
He mentioned that some candidates resort to obtaining degrees through distance mode, which has already become a matter of serious concern, while some others obtain degrees even from unrecognized universities and on denial of promotions they indulge into litigation with the Government. Keeping all these aspects in the mind, the Government has decided to amend the existing rules and necessary exercise like obtaining approval of the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti and getting the amended rules vetted from the Department of ARI and Trainings.
Owing to these developments, the General Administration Department will issue SRO relating to the amended rules soon. Under the amended rules 30% of the total posts will be referred to the recruiting agency and would be reserved for Mathematics and Science subjects. This is being done to inculcate scientific temper among the students as well as to overcome deficiency of teachers of these subjects in the Government schools.
According to the sources, there is huge shortage of Mathematics teachers in Kashmir valley while as shortage of Science teachers is in both the provinces of the State. As per the National Assessment Survey, 87% and 85% students scored marks from 0 to 50% in Mathematics and Science respectively in the State of Jammu and Kashmir. This clearly indicates that the quality of education being imparted in the State needs to be strengthened through appropriate measures.
Following issuance of SRO by the General Administration Department, the School Education Department would refer around 3000 posts of teachers to the recruiting agency for filling up under the amended rules, sources further said, adding these posts include those which have been decided to be filled-up on fast track basis. They further said that all these steps would go a long way in providing quality education and to enable the students of J&K to compete with their counterparts in other parts of the country.