Managers of government-aided schools and colleges are appointing teachers and non-teaching staff without the prescribed qualification and denying chances to eligible candidates, Education Minister P.K.Abdu Rabb has said.

Replying to questions in the Assembly on Tuesday, Mr.Rabb said that the appointments were being made in violation of the government directions. The government will examine whether the appointment of teaching and non-teaching staff in aided institutions can be entrusted with the Public Service Commission. The government was paying the salary of 1,01,965 teachers and 8,768 non-teaching staff in the aided Lower Primary, Upper Primary and High Schools. The number of teachers drawing government salary in aided Higher Secondary schools was 14,509 and non-teaching staff, 1,687. There were 674 teachers and 537 non-teaching staff in the aided Vocational Higher Secondary schools. The government was also meeting the salary expenses of 8,004 aided college teachers and 4,734 non-teaching staff.

The government will consider the proposal for organising an adalat for correcting mistakes in dates of birth in SSLC certificates. As many as 75,000 applications submitted for correcting the mistakes in dates of birth were pending decision. About 30,000 applications submitted for correcting other mistakes in SSLC certificates were also awaiting clearance, he said.

Minister for Public Works V.K.Ebrahim Kunju said that urban development projects will be implemented in Kannur, Malappuram, Thrissur and Kottayam districts. The Kerala Road Fund Board has been entrusted to study the projects that could be taken up. It has been proposed to develop 12 roads in Kochi. Floor Area Ratio concessions will be given to those who surrender land for road development in Kochi. About 50 per cent of the land required for constructing the Thalassery-Mahe bypass has been completed. Roads constructed under the Kerala State Transport Project will be overlaid soon.

Tourism Minister A.P.Anilkumar said that it has been proposed to set up a global village in Kochi as part of the Grand Kerala Shopping Festival next year. The government will prepare a calendar of festivals in the State and promote tourism as part of the festival, he said.