Amid protests, Nitish hints at hiring more school teachers, but warns ‘shirkers’

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Nitin Varma

According to education department officials, the vacancies in primary schools could reach one lakh, as during the last sixth phase of recruitment also, only less than half the advertised vacancies could be filled.

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Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Friday said further recruitment of teachers would be made for schools and salary hike would also be ensured, but asked education minister Chandrashekhar to get those who did not teach out.

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“Wherever I go, the aspirants demand recruitment. I have also asked the officials to speed up the process. How many teachers were there before 2005? We have carried out bulk appointments and more will be done. But I urge the professors and teachers to teach in schools and colleges. Those who teach should get more and but those who don’t should be out,” he said, while speaking at the Shiksha Diwas function, organised to commemorate the birth anniversary of India’s first education minister Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.

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On the occasion, the CM also released an app for monitoring schools, distributed scholarships and incentives through direct benefit transfer (DBT) and announced a bag-less day for students of primary schools every Saturday.

Finance minister Vijay Kunar Choudhary, who earlier held the education portfolio, said Bihar was working on the ideals of Azad in the true sense by ensuring communal harmony and encouragement to education, especially girls’ education. Education minister Chandrashekhar chaired the function.

Meanwhile, candidates who have cleared TET (Teacher Eligibility Test) have been protesting in Bihar’s capital Patna for a week now, demanding that the state government start the seventh phase of recruitment for government school teachers. The first phase of recruitment began in 2006 and the sixth phase is currently underway.

“We will continue on our indefinite agitation till the notification is issued. We had hoped deputy chief minister Tejaswhi Prasad Yadav, who was in our support till last May, would be forthright and immediately announce the vacancies, but that has not happened. The education minister is also from his party RJD this time, unlike earlier when the department always remained with the JD-U,” says one of the teacher aspirants.

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