Around 3,600 municipals school students of class VIII will continue to be taught by ineligible teachers as the civic body has no plan to recruit suitable permanent teachers in the near future. However, the civic body has promised to table a proposal to hire teachers on contract basis in the next general body meeting.
According to education officer, as per government resolution the requirement of teachers is to be decided three months after the academic session begins.
As per GR, September 30 is the assessment date when the education board or right authority can decide the number of teachers to be required in a particular class. According to education officer, the GR has become a hurdle for them as around 3,000 students of class VIII of municipal schools are being taught by ineligible teachers.
The dna of navi mumbai had published a news in its August 29 issue that the future of around 3,600 students is at stake as they are being taught by ineligible teachers in municipal schools across Navi Mumbai.
Even after three months into the academic session, the civic body has not recruited a single teacher eligible to teach class VIII students. The civic body started class VIII in around 46 civic schools in June.
The education board of NMMC got permission from the deputy director of education before the beginning of the academic session to start class VIII in all civic schools. At present, there are around 46 civic schools where classes VIII are held.
The education committee was dissolved on July 1, and therefore the process of recruitment of teachers was put on hold. Later, the committee was reinstated, and a proposal for the recruitment of new teachers was also sent to the education director which is still awaiting final approval.
According to Amrish Patnigere, deputy municipal corporation, in-charge of education, said that as per the RTE Act, they have come to a conclusion that there should be one teacher for every 35 students. And, currently they require 95 teachers for class VIII students.
The recruitment of teachers has to be done through CET and a candidate’s minimum qualification should be BEd. “At present, we cannot recruit teachers through CET as it is a time-consuming process. So, we have to look at other ways like getting teachers on contract basis,” said Patnigere.
Teachers of lower classes are conducting class VIII lectures.
A parent of a class VIII students on condition of anonymity questioned, “How can a nursery class teacher teach senior class students?”