`Untrained` teachers to be given VRS in Meghalaya

Last Updated: Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 20:42

Shillong: Meghalaya Government is
contemplating on offering Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) to
some 15,000 `untrained` teachers in the state, most of them
without even minimum qualifications, Governor R S Mooshahary
said on Thursday.
"Keeping in mind the huge backlog of about 15,000
untrained teachers and the limited capacity in government-run
institutions, government is contemplating outsourcing of
services for training such teachers," the Governor said in his
address to the state assembly on the opening day of the budget
session.



The Governor, however, added that those teachers who
cannot be trained due to their not having minimum
qualifications are proposed to be given the option of VRS.



"Discussions with the Asian Development Bank for funding
the scheme are under way," the Governor informed.
In the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
arena, the state government has received sanction from the
Centre for continuing with the ongoing project to bring about
connectivity to about 241 schools, so that students gain
access to IT and digital empowerment, Mooshahary said.



Stating that distance learning and teaching under the
EDUSAT programme is also being intensified in collaboration
with ISRO, the Governor said an educational portal has been
launched to allow public scrutiny of the activities of the
education department.



"With a view to prepare the ground for introduction of
the impending national curriculum framework, the department
has already started to revise the curriculum at all levels to
improve content and efficacy of teaching in schools. To make
education at secondary level more meaningful, a process has
started to mainline vocational courses in the curriculum," the
governor said.



PTI



First Published: Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 20:42

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