The Bihar government has decided to compulsorily retire non-performing headmasters, teachers and education department officials above the age of 50 years after considering the poor results of class X and intermediate exams this year.
Chief secretary, Anjani Kumar Singh declared this after the evaluation of the department of education by chief minister, Nitish Kumar. Deputy CM, Sushil Kumar Modi, education minister, Krishna Nandan Prasad Verma, chief secretary, Anjani Kumar Singh and a host of other officials were present at the meeting.
“The state government is in the process of identifying non-performing institutions and all those responsible for poor show will be given compulsory retirement, as per government norms. A committee under Mahajan is already working under it to identify such headmasters, teachers, block education officers or district education officers,” he said. Besides, teachers having failed thrice in the assessment test would be removed too, he added.
The issue of shortage of qualified teachers in secondary and higher secondary schools surfaced during the meeting. Singh also accepted that finding competent teachers is proving to be difficult for English, mathematics and science subjects. He said the government would step in for centralised recruitment without tampering the present setup.
“The government will send recommendations and the panchayati raj institutions will make the appointments, as is the case today. At present, PRI institutions are unable to find suitable candidates for recruitment. There will also be provision of guest faculty,” he said.