Port Blair, Dec 06: CPI (M) has reiterated its demand for filling up of all vacant posts of teachers and Heads of Schools under the Education Department. In a letter sent to the Lt. Governor, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Mr. D. Ayyappan, Secretary, CPI (M) A & N State Organizing Committee while referring to his earlier letter of 30th June, 2022, also addressed to the Lt. Governor, said that that despite elapse of more than 5 months, there seems to be no positive action on the part of the A & N Administration to fill up the vacancies of teachers and Heads of Schools under the Directorate of Education. The schools in these islands have reopened after summer vacation on 1st July, 2022, but sufficient teachers are yet to be posted to the schools. Mr. Ayyappan stated that during his visit to North and Middle Andamans for the last few months, people have informed him that there is shortage of teachers in almost all the schools. Studies of students have been adversely affected particularly in subjects like Math’s, Science, etc.
Referring to his earlier letter dated 30th June, 2022, Mr. Ayyappan informed the Lt. Governor that none of the senior secondary schools in the islands under the Education Department has a regular Principal. The work is being managed by the Vice Principal or senior most PGT available in the school. Similarly, most of the Secondary Schools, particularly in the outstations, do not have Headmaster/Vice Principal.
Mr. Ayyappan again informed the Lt. Governor that nearly one thousand teaching and non-teaching posts are lying vacant in the Education Department. No effective step has been taken to recruit teachers against the direct recruitment quota and also to promote the existing eligible teachers against the promotion posts. It is regrettable that at a time when thousands of qualified local youths are waiting to get a job in the Education Department as teachers for the last several years, the Administration has kept about one thousand posts vacant which is nothing but a challenge to the educated local youths, he said. Mr. Ayyappan requested the Lt. Governor to take effective steps to fill up all the vacant teaching and non-teaching posts in the Education Department to improve the quality of education and also to provide jobs to educated youths and promotion to the eligible departmental teachers.