Bhubaneswar, October 23 (LocalWire): In an attempt to bring about qualitative improvement in school education in far-flung tribal pockets of Odisha, the state government has decided to take administrative control of 19 Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTG) educational institutions.
“The schools and mass education department will take over the administrative control of these schools that are affected by vacancies in teachers’ posts.
The Scheduled Tribe and Scheduled Caste Development department which was managing the schools and paying the salary of the teachers will now have no say in the management and functioning of the schools,” a senior official stated.
Odisha is home to a diverse group of 62 Scheduled Tribe communities and 13 PVTGs. However, many of the tribal regions are lagging in education since the department has been finding it difficult to fill up the vacant posts for teachers in these remote areas.
The teachers appointed in PVTG schools either skip classes or quit jobs.
According to sources, the government is planning to fill the vacancies with trained contractual teachers for the newly created posts, as also untrained teachers on a contractual basis till they complete their course within the stipulated time frame.
The service conditions of the engaged teaching staff will be regulated under the existing cadre rules, the official stated.