Chandigarh, Dec 30- Haryana Government has constituted a collegium to select the Chairperson and Members of the Haryana School Teachers Selection Board. The collegium consists of Mrs Urvashi Gulati, Chief Secretary, Haryana, Mrs Surina Rajan, Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, School Education and Lt. General (Retd.) Dr. D.D.S. Sandhu, the Vice Chancellor of Kurukshetra University.
While stating this here today, Director Secondary Education Mr. Vijayendra Kumar said that the collegium shall evolve its own procedure in recommending the names of Chairperson and other Members to the Chief Minister, who shall make the final selection for the purpose of making the appointment by the Government. It is expected that the collegium shall give its recommendations within a fortnight.
He said that with a view to fill up large number of vacancies in the schools, the Government had notified the Haryana School Teachers Selection Board through an ordinance on July 10, 2011. To create the School Teachers Selection Board by statute, a formal Bill was passed on October 31, 2011.
The implementation of Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education, 2009 has underlined a sense of urgency to the process of recruitment of teachers for the schools.Section 3(1) of the Act provides that every child of the age of 6-14 years shall have a right to free and compulsory education in neighbourhood school till completion of elementary education. Not only this, the State Government is required to maintain a prescribed teacher pupil ratio of 1:30 at primary level and 1:35 at upper primary level. Further, where the admission of children is above 100, a fulltime Head teacher and part time instructors for Art Education, Health and Physical Education and Work Education are also to be provided. Under Section 26 of the Act, the Government has to ensure that the vacancies in the school will not exceed 10 per cent of the total.
The large gaps in the creation and filling up of posts have adversely affected the functioning of schools upgraded during last 5-6 years. With expansion of Secondary Education and efforts of State Government to expand Science and Commerce education in rural areas more posts are being created which have to be filled up in a short span of time.