SRINAGAR: The serving teachers in government schools are facing inordinate delay in the selection process for pursuing bachelors of education (B Ed) courses. The candidates figuring in the waiting list are awaiting nod from the directorate of school education for more than a month’s time to decide on their selection. They said the directorate was creating avoidable delay in the process.
The B.Ed programme is professional course for teachers organized by the government for in-service teachers every year. Earlier, the intake of in-service teachers was 200 for regular mode and 250 for distance mode. After 2015, the intake capacity for regular mode was reduced to 100 and distance mode was cancelled. This programme is open for 50 percent general category candidates and 50 percent for those from the reserved category.
“This is sheer carelessness on part of Directorate that a month is over and the list is yet to be released. In few days, B Ed classes will commence and we may miss the classes,” Ajaz Ahmed, an aspirant said.
“We have approached the concerned officials several times to finalize the list. They are unnecessarily delaying it. The files are just gathering dust on their tables,” said Shakeela, another teacher.
According to officials of the directorate of school education, this year 81 candidates have been deputed to pursue Bed course while as 19 cases are awaiting approval.
Director of School Education Dr GN Itoo said that he has recently been informed about the candidates desirous of pursuing B Ed courses. “Within a few days, the list will be released,” he said adding the Principal of Institute of Advanced Studies and Education, Srinagar has recently told him that some seats were vacant. “We will fill the vacant seats soon,” he told Kashmir Reader.