Candidates await govt decision over increasing teaching posts in Kerala schools

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Alappuzha: Candidates awaiting appointments in schools are hoping that the state government will consider revising the number of teaching posts in schools following the hike in the number of students and divisions.

At least 7,000 vacancies have come up within the last three years. If the government consider increasing the number of teaching staff, then a majority of the candidates in the PSC rank list could be employed.

A ‘Mathrubhumi’ report on Friday stated that a shortage of 2,664 new divisions was recorded following a census of students from Class 1 to Class 10 in government and aided schools in the state. Most of the vacancies are in aided schools.

“We expect a steady increase in appointments in all the districts,” said office bearers of the rank holder’s association.

However, various managements have expressed concern over whether the government will agree to that number of appointments.

“There are around 12,000 teachers awaiting appointment orders in the last four years,” said Mani Kollam, general secretary of Kerala Private Management Association.

“The appointments were delayed in connection with the appointment of differently abled candidates. The management is ready to resolve the issue. However, 12,000 teachers are getting scapegoated in the name of 700 differently abled,” he criticised.

Meanwhile, Education Minister V Sivankutty said that a decision to increase the number of teaching staff would be taken after holding talks on the matter.

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