Vacant teachers’ post not determined yet, candidates in PSC rank lists in despair

PK Manikandan

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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala General Education Department failed to estimate the vacant posts of school teachers within December. Though the current academic year will end within three months, the department could not wind up even the district-level inspections. With this, over 8000 teachers posts in schools of Kerala hit a deadlock.

Thousands of candidates are puzzled as many of the rank lists issued by the Public Service Commission will expire soon. The last teachers’ appointments under PSC were carried out in 2019. As many as 3000 appointments were conducted then. Later, the determination of teachers’ vacancies has been stalled for the past three years. Though the government planned to estimate the posts in the academic year 2022-23, the procedural delay caused hindrance.

The General Education Department has directed to complete the procedures within December 15. However, the actions are proceeding at a snail’s pace.

The department claimed that more officials were appointed to speed up the procedures. Even if the district-level inspections and estimations were completed in December, the public education director has to scrutinise the data and hand over the report to the Department of General Education. Later, the report has to obtain the approval of the Finance department. All these procedures have to be completed in a time bound manner to determine the teachers’ posts this academic year. However, the Department of General Education is unable to confirm when these proceedings would be finished.

The determination of teachers’ post are usually conducted before July 15. However, this has been extended to August 20, October 31 and to December 15 for the last time.

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