Bhubaneswar, Aug 23: Shortage of teachers in government-run educational institutions in Odisha is a long-standing problem due to various reasons. However, the Odisha School and Mass Education Department seems to be determined to improve the situation.
In its latest initiative, the department has issued a new and detailed guidelines for the engagement of as many as 20,000 Junior Teachers (Schematic) through online computer-based test (CBT) criteria. The new guideline entrusts more responsibilities to the three-tier Panchayatiraj system in the teacher engagement process.
As per the new guidelines issued on Tuesday, all the functions of Elementary Education will be transferred in phases to Zilla Parishad and other Panchayatiraj Institutions (PRIs).
The notification stated, "Engagement of all Junior Teachers (Schematic) will be made by respective Zilla Parishads under each category i.e. for Classes I to V and Classes VI to VIII under the programme of Samagra Sikshya for implementation of the said Act for elementary education,” read the notification.
The advertisement inviting online applications from intending candidates for engagement as Junior Teachers (Schematic) will be published by the Odisha School Education Programme Authority (OSEPA) on behalf of the School and Mass Education Department, it is learnt.
Further it is stated that in order to be eligible for the recruitment, a candidate shall not be below 18 years of age and above 38 years of age as on the date of publication of the advertisement and he or she has to apply through online mode as per the procedure mentioned in the advertisement, the guidelines revealed.