School teachers to be recruited through competitive exam, interview in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has decided that teacher aspirants will be recruited on basis of performance in a competitive examination followed by an interview.

School and Mass Education secretary Pradeepta Kumar Mohapatra said teachers will now be selected through a competitive examination to be conducted by the Odisha Staff Selection Commission (OSSC).

This was decided in a review meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi today.

The recruitment of Post Graduate Teachers (PGT) for Plus II colleges will be conducted by Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) and secondary level teachers’ recruitment will be conducted by Odisha Staff Selection Commission (OSSC).

Mohapatra said the student-teacher ratio of 10:1 will be maintained in the State-run schools, adding that the process of transfer of teachers will be managed online in order to bring transparency.

Mohapatra further said that student-teacher ratio of 10:1 will be maintained in the State-run schools.

The meeting decided the modalities for strengthening the remediation programmes like Ujjwal, Uttthan and Utkarsh.

Mohapatra appraised that the recruitment process for 14000 elementary teachers was over.

The newly recruited teachers are expected to join during April 2018. It was decided to develop an online data-driven teacher-student rationalization system. It was also decided to initiate the process for recruitment of secondary teachers as per requirement.

Director OPEPA Bhupinder Singh Punia proposed modifications in 3 remediation programmes. Modified Ujjwal would focus on equipping students from Class-1 to 5 with basic skills in Odia, Mathematics and English.

The programme Utthan would focus on equipping the students of class-6 to 8 with grade-level skills in these 3 subjects. Similarly, the modified Utkarsh would focus on improving the skill and knowledge base of the students of class-9. Learning Camps would be conducted in mission mode in all primary and upper primary classes from 18th to 31 July.  During the campaign period, the whole day would be devoted towards remediation skills. No new syllabus would be introduced.