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Teacher shortage: Mizoram taking massive efforts to resolve crisis

Over 2,300 posts are lying vacant and steps have been taken to recruit as many teachers as possible, says state education minister Lalchhandama Ralte

Henry L Khojol

Aizawl: The Mizoram government is taking massive efforts to resolve the prevailing teacher shortage crisis in various schools across the state, education minister Lalchhandama Ralte said on Saturday.

He said that over 2,300 teacher posts are lying vacant and steps have been taken to recruit as many teachers as possible to resolve the shortage crisis. Reports said that various schools in Mizoram rural villages faced shortage of teachers due to unequal distribution of teachers.

State’s apex student body the Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) alleged that majority of teachers desire to be posted in urban areas and reluctant to go to rural area.

These teachers often hire “proxy teachers” (substitute) belonging to local residents, which in fact, degrades the quality of education and thereby jeopardizing the students career, the student body alleged.

Ralte said the government would take measure for rationalisation of teachers across the state and ensure that all teachers are posted in their respective posting places.

Ralte also informed the state assembly on Friday that the state public service commission has recently conducted written examination for recruitment of 94 teachers for primary schools and 58 for middle schools respectively.

While personal interview for recruitment of 58 middle school teachers was already conducted during 4 to 12 March based on merit list of the written test, personal interview for recruitment of 94 primary school teachers is going on from March 13, he said.

Mizoram education minister Lalchhandama Ralte
Mizoram education minister Lalchhandama Ralte
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The minister said that efforts are on to recruit 164 teachers for high schools on contract basis and several others on muster roll basis on the recommendation of chief minister Zoramthanga to meet the immediate requirement.

He added that no politics would be allowed to interfere in the recruitment process.

Ralte also said that the state government is taking effort for re-employment of 1305 Hindi teachers under the state government.

He said that the Hindi teachers were appointed in the state under 'Scheme of Financial Assistance for Appointment and Training of Hindi Teachers in Non-Hindi Speaking States/UTs', a Centrally sponsored scheme under HRD ministry, in 2011. But the contracts of these teachers abruptly ended in February, 2017.