Senior lecturers in service centres to be shifted to schools: Minister
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More than 80 senior lecturers, working in various teacher training institutes across Punjab, will be deployed at schools so that they can fill up vacant posts.
"These lecturers are equivalent to the rank of principals in schools and they are needed more in schools than in training centres. A number of teachers in the training centres are sitting idle, they need to be in schools to meet the shortage. This exercise is almost complete and postings will soon be announced," said Education Minister Sikander Singh Maluka while addressing a meeting of private schools association at Greenland Public School.
Admitting private schools play a pivotal role in improving education standards, he added: "While private teachers give wonderful results with limited salaries, we need to check attendance of our government teachers by conducting raids. It is a matter of shame, but it is a bitter truth and I admit it openly." He added that such surprise checks will continue.
While saying that the Right to Education (RTE) Act will be implemented in Punjab from April, 2013, Maluka added that once seats in government schools are full, the remaining applicants will be referred to private schools with a condition that the applicant need to be a BPL card holder.
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