Staff Correspondent

Raichur: Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Vishveshwara Hede Kageri has said that his department will soon recruit 5,000 teachers in an effort to improve the quality of education at the primary and secondary levels in all districts of the North-East region of the State.

This will help maintain the required student-teacher ratio, he added. Speaking to presspersons here on Saturday, the Minister said there was a big gap in the student-teacher ratio at the primary and secondary levels in most districts in the North-East region. Earlier, the ratio in this region was at 43:1, but now it had been reduced to 32:1, he claimed.

He said that a proposal on the teacher recruitment had been finalised and submitted to the Chief Minister for approval. He hoped to start the recruitment process as soon as possible.

The Minister said the practice of holding board examinations for SSLC and PUC students would continue, and that there were no plans to scrap such systems.

This had been told to the Union Government at a meeting convened recently by Minister for Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal.

The State Government had appealed to the Centre to allow it to take its own decisions on the issue, he added.

On the formation of village-level School Development and Monitoring Committees (SDMCs), the Minister said the plan would be implemented. Minister in-charge of the district C.M. Udasi was present.