The Bengal government is all set to recruit a fresh batch of teachers in primary, upper primary, secondary, and higher secondary schools in 2017.
The government is ready to recruit over 7,000 teachers in the first quarter of 2017, an education department source confirmed.
State Education minister Partha Chatterjee has instructed the officers to expedite the process of recruitment as soon as possible. The recruitment will start by mid January, the source said, adding that 10 per cent of the vacancies are only for para-teachers.
As many as 1,488 teachers will be recruited in Madhyamik schools from Honours graduate category, around 10,233 teachers will be recruited from pass graduate category and 6,299 teachers in the Higher Secondary level. The candidates need to have cleared Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) to be eligible for recruitment of primary teachers.
It will be recalled the state government started the process of recruitment for the primary teachers a few months back.
The recruitment of the primary teachers was on a hold for some years after some lawsuits in Calcutta high court.
Later the court instructed the state government to start the process of recruitment. Without wasting any time, the state Education department published the result of the recruitment examination and started the oral examination within few weeks of the court order.
The state has also successfully conducted recruitment of higher secondary level of teachers a few weeks ago. “We’ll try to finish the recruitment early in January. The vacancies will be fulfilled soon,” said Chatterjee.