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2,966 teachers to be appointed soon

By Jaideep Shenoy

MANGALORE, JAN. 7. The process of appointing 2,966 teachers under the Centrally-aided Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan will be completed at the earliest, the Director, Primary Education, J. Bhaskaraiah, has said. The provisional list of teachers selected has already been announced and objections have been invited before the final list is published, he said.

In an informal chat with here on Friday, Mr. Bhaskaraiah said the State had put in place a nationally-recognised process of teacher selection. It is systematic, transparent and has gained recognition from all quarters. The selections were carried out on the basis on SSLC, PUC, TCH marks and an entrance test, he said.

Fifty per cent of the teachers selected thus, after giving due weightage for candidates coming under various reservation categories, are women, he said. The 2,966 teachers who will be finally selected will be assigned to new schools across the State, he said and added the central aid component in the Abhiyan was 75 per cent with the State contributing the rest.

Teacher-student ratio

On the teacher-student ratio, Mr. Bhaskaraiah said the situation is favourable in Karnataka compared with other States. Even in this, Dakshina Kannada has better teacher-student ratio of 1:32 as against 1:38 in the rest of the State, he said and added steps will be taken to ensure that the ratio does not get out of hand. Appointments will be made wherever necessary, he added.

Trimester system

On the trimester system introduced during the current academic year, Mr. Bhaskaraiah emphasised the need to further strengthen it. Admitting that there were misconceptions aplenty in the beginning, he said focus of the system is on remedial teaching rather than completion of syllabus as in the past. Teachers visit the difficult segments in a particular unit here, he said.

The focus is now also on learning rather than memory power of the student. With the annual syllabus being divided into units, students are not under pressure to "virtually burn the midnight oil" during the final examinations, he said. Teachers have overcome their reluctance to switch over to the system and training has also helped them in this regard, he added.

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