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Odisha: Teachers to be recruited through competitive examination

The Odisha government today brought a major reform in the recruitment of teachers in various government schools. The teachers will be recruited through competitive examination followed by an interview and not on the basis of marks.

“The teachers will be selected on the basis of a competitive examination conducted by Odisha Staff Selection Commission. The decision was taken by the government to ensure transparency in transfer of teachers and maintain student-teacher ratio of 10:1 in schools across the state. The process will be managed online,” School and Mass Education Secretary Pradipta Mohapatra informed after a review meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi.

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).

“Primary School, Upper Primary School and High School are within a distance of 100 metres but are running as separate entities with separate headmasters, will be merged and one headmaster will be appointed for Class I to X. The transfer of primary school and secondary school teachers will be held online. The teacher seeking a transfer will apply online, the government has framed a standard policy therefore there will be no chance of manipulation,” he added.

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.

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