396 of 1,080 could secure postings in their respective districts
The maiden online counselling process for appointment of new postgraduate teachers conducted by the school education department on Sunday featured a new-found happiness on the faces of appointees in Tiruchi on the premises of St. Joseph’s College Higher Secondary School.
Most of them who were past the prime of their youth never ever imagined that they would become teachers in government schools for the rest of their productive age. In fact, with greying hair and receding hairline, several appointees among the participants appeared to be getting beyond their middle age.
Suddenly their dreams materialised. “You must all thank Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for this. Having allocated a whopping Rs.15,000 crore in this year’s budget for enhancing quality and reach of school education, the Chief Minister showed special interest in expediting the process in the interests of overall academic performance of the student community in government schools,” N.R.Sivapathi, Minister for School Education, said after initiating the online appointment process. The allotment augured well with the Chief Minister’s 2023 vision to achieve 100 per cent results in academic sphere, he said.
Among those who received the appointment letter was a Tirunelveli-based Economics teacher Shankar (49) who was posted in a school in Pudukottai district. “I registered my B.Ed. qualification in 1987, and 25 years hence, everything was happening in a jiffy. The call letter to take part in the online counselling process was delivered to my home from the office of District Educational Officer,” said an elated Mr.Shankar.
Mr. Sivapathi who saw huge significance in the conduct of transparent online counselling handed over the appointment letters to the new postgraduate teachers in the presence of the Director of School Education Devarajan, Chief Educational Officer K. Selvakumar and other senior officials. As many as 396 out of the 1,080 new teachers appointed on the basis of seniority in registration with the employment exchange could secure postings in their respective districts. The rest of them took part in the online State-wide counselling process for postings outside their native districts.
“Never worry about working away from your homes. When the next batch of 3,000 postgraduate teachers are posted, you will get the opportunity to secure transfers back to your native districts,” Mr. Sivapathi said, adding: “Ever since the Teachers’ Recruitment Board came into being 25 years ago, 1.03 lakh appointment orders were issued.
But, by the end of this academic year alone, 59,000 teaching and non-teaching staff will be appointed. Tamil Nadu has taken the lead in educational development. In no other State can one find the government providing free books, uniforms, footwear, geometry box, and several other learning aids.”