Left front Government of Tripura is facing acute shortage of teachers which it needs to run its 5000 schools from the next academic year beginning next January.
The situation become worse when the apex court on march 29 upholding the decision of the state High Court terminated the jobs of 10,323 government teachers. Not only this but also, the state is also facing an acute shortage of the eligible candidates who can fill up the 15436 vacant posts of the teachers.
For this the Tripura Government has appealed the center to provide some relaxations in the norms for recruiting the teachers so that it can fill the vacant posts and ahead of Assembly elections the matter is getting turned into political matter.
"We had sought one time relaxation in qualifying marks and exemption of professional qualification with the MHRD (Ministry of Human Resource Development) for recruiting teachers, but the ministry rejected our request," Tripura Education Minister Tapan Chakraborty told IANS.
Chakraborty also told that he met the Union Minister Prakash Javadekar in the related matter last month and wrote several letters to him on the same issue.
"Our senior officials met the ministry officials in Delhi many times on the issue, but the central government disallowed our appeal. This has deprived thousands of unemployed youths in the state an opportunity (to take up teachers' posts)," he added.
The Minister further said that the HRD Ministry in April relaxed the minimum qualification norms for the states of Assam and West Bengal for recruiting teachers. He wants Tripura to be given the same relaxation in the norms related to the recruitment of the teachers.
Chakraborty said "Tripura has only six teaching education institutes. The intake capacity of the six institutions is only 1,130 for a two-year teacher's course. Hence to fill up the vacancies of 15,436 teachers posts with qualified teachers will take a few decades."
Under Right to Education (RTE) Act, Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) is mandatory for recruiting the teachers in government schools. To appear for TET candidates need to have minimum 50 percent in certain subjects and Bachelor degree or Diploma in Elementary Education or Diploma in Education.
"Like other states in India, the pass percentage of candidates in TET is very minimal in Tripura too. This makes the situation worse," Chakraborty added.