SRINAGAR: The recently created Teacher-II cadre under which thousands of Rehbar-e-Taleem (ReT) teachers are being regularised is likely to improve the pupil-teacher ratio (PTR) at elementary schools in the state, as the cadre has provision of transfers, officials said.
Over 40,000 teachers-recruited under the state government’s ReT scheme and who were working under the erstwhile Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) – are being regularised by the state government under the recently created Teacher-II cadre.
The ReTs could not be transferred by the School Education Department, which had compounded the disproportionate PTR at scores of schools across the state.
However, the provision of transfers in the new cadre will help rationalization of the staff at elementary schools, Director School Education Kashmir, Dr Mohammad Younis Malik told Kashmir Reader.
He said that the directorate was focusing on elementary education to fix things at the grassroots level.
A top official in the School Education Department also said that regularisation of ReTs under the Teacher-II cadre will help in improving the PTR at elementary level.
The official said that the PTR was “adverse” at the elementary level.
“As we go up in the level, it improves,” he added.
Given the provision of “mutual transfer” of teachers regularised under the new cadre, it will help in improving the PTR at the elementary schools in the state, Chairman JK ReT Forum, Farooq Ahmad Tantray said.
Tantray said that since the clubbing of primary and middle schools-where the ReTs had been posted-a few years ago, the rationalization of the teaching staff there “has not been done on a proper way”.
“There has been a disproportionate PTR at scores of schools especially in far flung areas, where teachers are not posted due to nepotism,” he said
Despite an “improved” PTR in J&K as compared to all India average, the ratio is disproportionate at scores of schools in the state.
In one such instance, the clubbed Primary School, Badiweth and Middle School, Ladipora in Hajin zone of Bandipora district has seven teachers for 59 students as per official data seen by Kashmir Reader.
At another primary school in the same education zone, there are only eight teachers for 485 students.
In Anantnag district, Primary School Ashajipora has three teachers for as many students, according to official records.
Besides a middle school in the district having 7 teachers, there are many elementary schools where teachers have been posted without any student enrolment.