M.L.Melly Maitreyi

Only 40,000 posts available as against the notified 52,000

The entire shortfall in vacancies is in respect of SGT posts

Permission sought to appoint teachers in place of ‘Vidya volunteers’

HYDERABAD: Uncertainty is likely to continue for some more time over the much-awaited recruitment of teachers qualified under District Selection Committee-2008 to fill over 52,000 posts as the government is yet to take a decision on resolving a peculiar situation arising out of the actual vacancies falling short of those notified.

The DSC-2008 recruitment examination was held in May this year after a gap of four years to fill over 50,000 teacher posts, including those of school assistants, Secondary Grade Teachers (SGT), physical education, language pundit posts, etc. at one go. It was an important decision of late Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy to improve standards in government schools by filling vacant teacher posts, especially in subject teacher posts in SUCCESS schools with CBSE stream of syllabus.

The results of the examination were announced on June 30 and district-wise merit lists of candidates despatched recently. One was a combined merit list for B.Ed. and D.Ed. candidates and another list with 30 per cent reservation for D.Ed. candidates in SGT posts.

But the appointment process ran into hurdles on two counts. After completion of the long-pending transfer of teachers, School Education Department officials realised that there were only 40,000 posts available as against the notified vacancies of 52,000 – the entire shortfall being in respect of SGT posts.

The department had sent a proposal to the government seeking permission to appointment them in place of ‘Vidya volunteers’ and was confident of securing YSR’s approval. After his sudden demise, the file is now awaiting clearance of Chief Minister K. Rosaiah.

Once it is cleared, education department would have to issue necessary guidelines to begin the ‘appointment counselling’ as per the merit list and it is only matter of time before the uncertainly is resolved, officials said.

High Court order

Meanwhile, the High Court issued interim orders on Tuesday suspending the Government Order on giving 30 per cent reservation for D.Ed. candidates in SGT posts but said the appointment process could be continued setting aside the reservation clause. The officials said that they were awaiting the full copy of court order.