GUWAHATI, March 3 - In the ongoing session of Assam Legislative Assembly, the State government will bring a law which will make it mandatory for teachers to serve in the same place after joining in service for a period of 10 years. The violation of it will entail a jail term of three years.
Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma made the announcement in the Assembly on Tuesday during the Question Hour. Along with the law, an accountability commission for teacher will also come into force in the State. He said that the State government has taken the step to streamline the school teacher transfer system in the State and to engage adequate number of teachers in every school.
�Both teachers and officials of the education department, including those who send recommendations, will face imprisonment if they try to violate the rule. But the mutual transfer system will be out of the purview of the new law,� Sarma said.
After implementation of the law, any teacher after completing 10 years of service in one place after joining can apply for transfer online. Sarma also pointed out that, except in special cases, all teachers who were transferred recently without completing the 10-year term would have to return to the earlier place.
Moreover, the State government will start recruitment drive for around 9,000 teachers� posts within 45 days. The education department will declare the result of Middle English school TET soon.
The State government will also take an initiative to solve the issues of non-provincial schools in the upcoming budget.
Replying to another question by AGP MLA Ramendra Narayan Kalita, the minister said that at present altogether 16,387 numbers of teachers posts are lying vacant in various lower primary and upper primary schools of the State.
He also informed the House that at present Assam has 2,821 non-provincialised lower primary schools, 2,341 non-provincialised upper-primary schools, 692 non-provincialised high schools, 126 non-provincialised higher secondary and 176 non-provincialised junior colleges. Across the State, 16,387 posts of teachers in primary level, 17,909 posts of teachers in secondary level and 343 posts of teacher in higher education level are lying vacant across the State. Moreover, 3085 primary schools and 23 upper primary schools have been running with single teacher.
Replying another question raised by Congress MLA Wazed Ali Choudhury, the minister said that State government is planning to establish nine new women colleges, especially in the minority populated areas of Assam.