“Most of these positions are for teachers from school to university level. Apart from teachers, vacancies in other positions will also be filled during the fiscal year,” he told reporters here.
The list includes the names of 1,298 teachers, who had gone to the Gauhati High Court over a pardon mark issue, after the court overturned its order suspending their appointments, Pegu said. Of the total positions, 3,811 will be in schools, 803 in higher education and 103 in technical education sectors, he added.
The Minister also indicated that a “White Paper” will be published by the Ministry of Education, covering all areas such as school, college and technical education.
“Since 2011, massive reforms have taken place within the Department of Education. Over two million appointments have been made. Huge infrastructure development is taking place. That is why we have decided to publish a ‘book white “on our department,” he said. added.
Pegu said work on the planned “White Paper” is continuing and is expected to be released within the next two months.
Asked about the closure of public schools, the education minister said the department had received proposals to merge 1,710 schools with other neighboring institutes in the districts.
“After that, we received about 300 applications asking us not to merge the schools concerned. They cited various reasons for these 300 schools such as historical importance or the names of certain important personalities or physical difficulties in getting to the new school,” he added.
Pegu said a central committee has been formed to handle these appeals and they will decide each case separately. “In the last fiscal year a few years ago, we provincialized the teachers but didn’t touch the schools. So there was a question of what would happen to those schools. We’re going to merge those schools this time,” he added.
Pegu, however, said the entire merger exercise will be done without violating children’s right to education.
Provincialization means that the government assumes all the responsibilities of a non-governmental school, which was established for the sole purpose of providing education in the service of society, for the payment of salaries and other benefits to teachers.