Staff fixation in Kerala schools trails as finance dept returns file again 

PK Manikantan 

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Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Finance Department has requested the education department to review and provide school-specific data regarding the number of children as part of staff fixation (teachers) and returned the file in this regard. There should be clear information regarding the transfer of students to other schools and hence have requested a report to be submitted after considering the figures on a school-by-school basis.

According to the education department, it is impractical to carry out another inspection as schools are scheduled to open next week. With the beginning of the next academic year, data collection and verification have to be done for the next staff fixation.

However, as the finance department has returned the file for the third time, the staff fixation of the academic year 2022-23 has been delayed yet again.

Reportedly, the financial liability due to staff fixation is the major problem faced by the finance department. In the wake of concerns that arose over Aadhaar details, staff fixation cannot be approved without gathering accurate data, department sources said.

With this, the future of those candidates awaiting PSC appointment is also in uncertainty. In the new academic year, there will be a huge drop in the number of permanent teachers in government schools too.

The education department had finished the staff fixation exercise for the academic year 2022-23 and submitted its report to the finance department on February 16. The report proposed the creation of 6,005 new posts (Teachers: 5,906 and Non-teachers: 99) in the state schools.

Meanwhile, the education department is exploring the possibility of holding talks with the chief minister in this regard.

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