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Delhi cabinet passes proposal for schools to employ retired officials as non-teaching staff

Principals of government schools will now be able to set up committees through which appointments can be made.

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The Delhi Cabinet Wednesday passed a proposal which gives principals of government-run schools the authority to employ retired officials as non-teaching staff, as well as resource persons and motivators for children, on a contractual basis.
The move is aimed at reducing the burden of teaching staff who often have to undertake additional duties.

“Engaging teachers in non-teaching tasks is unfair to them as well as students. Our attempt is to let teachers focus completely on teaching in a better and more creative manner. Earlier, we had decided not to involve them in census work, and now we are taking more steps in this direction,” said Education Minister Manish Sisodia.

Principals of government schools will now be able to set up committees through which appointments can be made. Retired personnel — who held posts of lower division clerk, upper division clerk, head clerk or office superintendent in a government job and are under 65 years in age — can be hired for the job and be paid a consolidated sum of Rs 25,000 per month.

“At present, there is a shortage of non-teaching staff and teachers are expected to perform tasks like maintaining records, submitting bills, maintaining cash books and service books, and communicating with other departments. This directly affects a child’s education,” he said.

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As per the proposal, principals will also get the authority to employ “estate managers” for additional work like cleaning the school premises, replacing broken bulbs and fans, fixing broken windows, maintaining sanitation in toilets and looking after water-related issues.

On the issue of hiring motivators, Sisodia said, “During my weekly interactions with teachers and principals, I got a suggestion that we should hire professional motivators to guide our students. So, the principals will now be free to hire such resource persons.”

First published on: 03-12-2015 at 02:42:52 am
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