Punjab Cabinet approves Rationalisation Policy, Teachers to be Posted Across Different Category Schools
Chandigarh: The Punjab government has approved a new rationalisation policy to appoint teachers in schools facing staff crunch to overcome the shortage of teachers in senior secondary schools. The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting headed by the Punjab Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh.
The government said that the new policy will remove the distinction between various categories of schools.
By removing the category distinction, teachers can shift to anywhere between SSA, RMSA, Model and Adarsh schools.
Officials said services of 1,500 surplus teachers will become available with this.
The teacher-student ratio at present is 27 in primary schools, 22 in middle schools, 16 in high schools and 29 for senior secondary schools.
Although the ratio is well within the norms, there is still a shortage of teachers at interdistrict and intra-district levels. The policy also makes it mandatory for school principals to take classes, 12 for principals and 15 for headmasters.
The spokesperson said the enrollment of students as on April 30, 2018, will be taken as the base to implement the new policy.
In case of staff surplus in the school, the teachers with the longest stay would be shifted out to a common pool.
Teachers suffering from life-threatening disease would not be shifted out.
The policy also highlighted that many teachers preferred to get posted in middle schools since there are no Board exams.
As per the norms, there are seven sanctioned posts in the middle schools with the average strength of 22 students, which leads to a high level of under-utilisation of teachers,
whereas, at the same time, there is a shortage of teachers in the high schools and senior secondary schools.
The requirement of teachers, as per the norms of Government of India, in middle schools, is three.
The policy provides for four posts of teachers with English/SST, Maths/Science,
Punjabi and Hindi as subjects in place of the present seven.
One post and one section would be increased accordingly, in case the number of sections in a school increases, which would help the department save 8,007 posts, having the annual financial implication of Rs 576 crore.