Contracts of 725 primary school teachers not renewed

Contracts of 725 primary school teachers employed with the North Corporation have not been renewed this year because there is a surplus of employed teachers, said a government official on Wednesday.

Currently, there are 6,600 teachers in regular employment of the corporation, the official said. Total number of students enrolled in its schools as on Monday stood at 2,56,000.

According to the Right to Education Act, schools are supposed to have one teacher for every 40 students. This means, for the current number of students, 6,400 teachers are required. That is, 200 less than the total number of regular teachers employed.

‘Numbers are faulty’

“The corporation’s numbers are faulty,” said Jitendra Verma, member of Samvida Shikshak Parivar Kalyan Samiti — a contract teachers union member, who met North Corporation Mayor Adesh Gupta on Wednesday.

“About 450 teachers are getting promoted through the Trained Graduate Teacher [TGT] mode and they have sent a notification for the recruitment of 1,490 teachers through Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board [DSSSB], then how can they say there is no vacancy,” asked Kamaljit Singh, a member of the teachers union. “Many of us have been working at these posts for the past 13-14 years. Where are we supposed to go now,” he asked.

Expect a rise in students

By the end of August, when enrolment is typically at its highest, the corporation expects the total number of students to rise by 2,78,000.

This would take the number of required teachers to 6,950. Which means, contracts of at least about half of the teachers, finding themselves unemployed will likely be renewed.

The demand for teachers has also seen a drop because fewer students are being enrolled in corporation schools.

For instance, as of August last year, the total number of students enrolled were 2,98,000. That is, 20,000 more than the total number of students expected to enrol this year.

The North Corporation Mayor said, “The facts being brought forward by the officials and the union are at odds and need to be examined. A decision will be taken based on the interests of everyone involved.”

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