'Nearly 1,500 teaching posts dissolved in colleges due to revoking PG weightage, other restrictions'

P K Manikandan

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Thiruvananthapuram: A government committee has recommended to revoke certain restrictions on appointment of teachers in arts and science colleges. The recommendation is based on its finding that avoiding PG weightage and implementing new protocols has dissolved nearly 1,500 posts within the last two years. Around 1,100 posts were disbanded due to the cancellation of PG weightage alone. PG weightage is the practice of considering each hour in PG classes as one-and-a-half hours.

Making availability of 16 hours of teaching a week mandatory for additional posts has led to the cancellation of more than 300 posts. Subjects that require a single faculty shrunk to just guest lecturers as they never could get 16 hours of teaching in one week. The committee evaluated that such restrictions affected the quality of higher education.

The government had passed an order in April 2020 to restructure the working hours and posts of the teachers in government and aided colleges. This restriction was imposed by the government as a long-term measure to solve its financial crisis by putting a halt to unwanted appointments in aided colleges. Many complaints were raised against this prospect.

The government then appointed a three-member committee of DK Satheesh, Professor KS Jayachandran, and Dr KP Sukumaran Nair, to study the aftermath of implementing the order. The report will be handed over to the government soon.

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