The Department of Education has made a significant decision to fill the vacancies of various cadres including primary education teachers in the state, secondary and higher secondary education assistants and teaching assistants of higher education. Under this decision, recruitment of these places will be initiated immediately after the budget session.
An official of the department of education said that the vacancies to be filled in the coming days include the recruitment of 3200 primary assistants in secondary education, 8000 education assistants of secondary and higher secondary education and a total of 2000 vacancies of various cadres associated with higher education. After March, a total of 13200 vacancies will be recruited.
The official said that more than 3000 education assistants will be recruited for the first time as more vacancies are left in primary education. The retirement season is now in the government schools. With over 2500 teachers retiring every year, the number of teachers is decreasing. Given the schools and the department, the state currently needs more than 20,000 education assistants, out of which only 3200 will be recruited.
Gujarat has finally recruited 6316 vacancies of education assistants in 2016, after which the recruitment process is not done, more than 8000 education assistants are recruited. The state government has set a timetable by revising recruitment rules after deciding to reserve 10 per cent reservation for candidates belonging to economically weaker sections. The recruitment is also likely to take place after the month of March.
Sources in the education department said that there was a sharp decline in teachers in government and non-government aided secondary and higher secondary schools in the state. As the number increases by 20% of teachers retiring every year, the idea of recruiting 2000 assistant professors has been started.
He said that the recruitment of education assistants in the primary schools would be done by the Director of Primary Education, the Education Directors would be recruited by the Director of Schools and the Commissioner of Higher Education would be recruited by the Higher Education Commissioner. The worst condition in Gujarat's education is that of primary education. The number of teachers is declining compared to the number of children in schools, while the shortage of principals and professors at the secondary level is becoming a headache for the government.