School reopening around the corner in Kerala, nearly 2,000 govt teacher posts remain vacant


G Rajesh Kumar

Representative Image | Photo: Vijesh Vishwam

Thrissur: There is roughly one week left for the beginning of the academic year 2022-23, yet the measures to ensure the adequate number of teachers in government schools remain unexecuted.

Around 2,000 posts of teaching staff are vacant across the state due to the retirement of the teachers. If the posts are not filled before the reopening of schools, some schools will face issues due to an insufficient number of teachers.

The major issue is that transfers in the schools did not happen due to the Covid-19 pandemic situation. Also, the education department has not yet issued a circular for appointing temporary teachers to the retired posts. This in turn is likely to impact the functioning of LP, UP and High School sections.

In the pre-pandemic period the draft list of candidates chosen for temporary post appointments used to be published by March. The teachers had the convenience to plan their transfers, while the school authorities had the option to ensure that posts which fell vacant due to retirement are filled. However, this time even the applications for vacant posts are not invited yet.

Interestingly, the deputy director of the general education department in Kollam district had issued an order allowing temporary appointments. However, according to the experts in the service sector, such an order has no legal validity.

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