Recruitment of pre-primary teachersEducation (S) issues clarification

By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Mar 24 : The Department of Education (S) and Higher and Technical Education have issued clarifications regarding the recruitment of pre-primary teachers and utilization of newly engaged contractual assistant professors at Dhanamanjuri College of Teacher Education (DMCTE).
Addressing a press conference today at RMSA conference room, Babupara, L Nandakumar, Director, Education (S) stated that according to the March 9 notification, the eligibility criteria for the post of  pre-primary teacher is a Diploma in Pre-School Education from a National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) recognized centre. In the absence of candidates with this diploma, Class XII passed candidates will be considered, he added.
He maintained that this relaxation was offered due to the absence of centres offering DPSE in the North East region.
Stating that the pre-primary teachers will be paid their wages under the Samagra Shiksha scheme, he explained that the Centre will bear 90% of the salary while the State Government will foot the 10%.
If the recruitment of pre-primary teachers is cancelled, the funds sanctioned by the Centre will have to be returned. Thus, in view of the unemployment problem in the State, the relaxation was offered and Class XII passed candidates were put up for consideration for the post, said L Nandakumar.
Speaking to the mediapersons, P Shantikumar, Additional Director, Higher and Technical Education stated that the utilization order of four contract assistant professors at Dhanamanjuri College of Teacher Education (DMCTE) was issued on March 15.
Out of the four, two were Education teachers, one Manipuri and one English teacher. Three out of the four assistant professors were not eligible under NCTE norms. Though one teacher was eligible, none of them were originally appointed for DMCTE, he clarified.
However, due to the acute shortage of teachers for Education subject at DMCTE, two of the newly engaged contract assistant professors were ordered for utilization (not posting) at DMCTE in the interest of students, he claimed.
Highlighting the shortage of teachers, he pointed out that there are 400 students in BEd and MEd courses at DMCTE with only one teacher for Education subject.
One of the newly engaged contract assistant professors has both MEd and BEd degrees while the other has a BEd degree in addition to their UGC qualifications, said the Addl Director.
He further elaborated that there are 110 students in the English course with only one teacher and four students in Manipuri course with no teacher to take the class at DMCTE. In the interest of the students, one teacher each was utilized for English and Manipuri subjects for the time being until the vacant posts are filled up through direct recruitment, he maintained.
The two contract assistant professors for English and Manipuri do not have a BEd degree and are not eligible under NCTE norms but they have the necessary UGC qualifications in their respective subjects, he informed.
He added that a proposal will be sent to Manipur Public Service Commission for direct recruitment of assistant professors for vacant posts at DMCTE through MPSC fulfilling both NCTE and UGC norms.