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Surplus government school teachers to be redistributed

After a decade-long gap, the school education department will, on July 13, conduct re-structuring counselling to ensure proper distribution of high school teachers for all subjects in every government school.

The process involves pooling surplus teachers in particular subjects and re-deploying them in schools where appropriate vacancies exist. Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, official sources said, has conceived this idea to improve the pass per cent in government schools.

A particular school in Tiruchi where the SSLC result was very poor was found to have five English teachers, but none to handle social studies. In another school, the number of Mathematics teachers was over and above the required level.

It obviously means that the teachers for particular subjects in these schools will have very less work load on the one hand, and the students struggle due to absence of teachers for other subjects on the other.

Lopsided

The lopsided proportion of teachers’ vis-à-vis individual subjects was attributed by official sources to the transfers that teachers had secured utilising political influence in the previous regime.

Across the district, 275 teachers will be re-deployed, Chief Educational Officer K. Selvakumar told The Hindu .

According to the CEO, the re-distribution of surplus teachers will be intimated to school heads at a meeting of headmasters on Tuesday.

This initiative would definitely help in creating a level-playing field for government schools to compete with private institutions.

In a scenario where private schools have separate teachers to handle Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, and additional hands to carry out valuation work, students of government schools must necessarily have teachers for every subject, Mr. Selvakumar said, adding that transfer orders will be issued with immediate effect.

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