The state government on Wednesday cleared the way for filling 13,000 teaching assistant vacancies for posts of ‘vidya sahayaks’ in various government run higher primary schools across the state. For this the state government has decided to extend the age limit by five years for candidates across various categories. These assistants would be paid a meagre Rs 4,500 per month.
The decision comes after the recent results of the Teachers Eligibility Tests (TET). The TET certificate has been made compulsory for all teachers as per the Right to Education Act. The Gujarat government is required to fill the deficit of qualified maths and science teachers this year in various schools and desperately wanted to tap into the 6,600 teachers who had passed the TET tests under the science and mathematics category. There were 6,500 vacancies for maths and science teachers in these government schools.
A decision to relax the age limit for these teachers was immediately taken. While the earlier age limit for the general category candidates was 28 years – this was extended to 33 years. Similarly in case of scheduled caste, scheduled tribes, Baxi panch and other backward castes candidates the age limit has been extended from 33 years to 38 years.
“The recruitments would be compulsory as the Right to Education Act demands that the existing teachers deficit be filled. The government can be taken to task on issues like unqualified teachers in schools, pay packages and teachers recruitment in the coming one and half years. The present recruitment drive is a step towards that direction,” says a senior education department official.
Government spokesperson Jay Narayan Vyas said that the appointment of teaching assistants was first initiated last year when close to 8,000 teachers were recruited for standard VIII to teach English, maths and science.
Another senior education department official said that the age relaxation would be a boon to BEd candidates who were left out in the first phase of recruitment for the upper primary sections.
Source : Times of India