Newly inducted 31k teachers in UP to join duty on Nov 3 – Times of India

LUCKNOW: The newly inducted 31,277 primary teachers in UP government schools will join duty from November 3. The process of school allotment will begin from October 29.

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath had issued appointment letters to these teachers on October 16,

An order issued by additional chief secretary, basic education, Renuka Kumar on Wednesday stated that the allotment of schools will be done keeping in view the existing pupil-teacher ratio in primary schools. She told basic education officials to ensure that no teachers are posted in schools where the student-teacher ratio is optimal.

As per the order, counselling will be held at district level from October 26-28. In order to have a transparent system of recruitment based on qualification and no corruption, Kumar said a senior official nominated by the district magistrate concerned will remain present at the counselling venue. The allotment of schools will be done under this official’s supervision.

During the counselling, the selected teacher will have to appear in person along with a statutory identity card. Under no circumstances, a substitute will be allotted schools in case a selected teacher doesn’t make physical appearance. Covid protocols will be followed at every counselling venue.

The 31,277 primary teachers will join the government schools after a delay of more than a year since the appointment process was challenged in the court. The selections were done by the UP Basic Education Board against 69,000 vacancies in 2019.

The assistant teacher recruitment test (ATRE), a qualifying exam for appointment of teachers was conducted on January 6. The government had fixed the minimum cutoff for general category at 65% marks and for backward and other reserved categories at 60% marks. The order was challenged by some students in court and even went up to the Supreme Court. In its final order, the high court said only 31,661 posts out of 69,000 vacancies could be filled, leaving out those that were occupied by shiksha mitras. The merit list was drawn and in that 6,675 candidates who were earlier appointed as shiksha mitras, were selected for permanent posts.

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