The regularization of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalya (KGBV) teachers has turned murkier following the government decision to shift unregularized KGBV teachers on vacant ReT posts.
The government in its order has decided to shift KGBVs to already advertised ReT posts where the selection process has landed in court following some disputes among the applicants, thus leaving the posts vacant.
"Identification of posts shall be made by utilization of such vacancies where the matter is sub-judice, but there is no stay on utilization of the vacancy," reads the government order issued for regularization of KGBV teachers.
The government decision to utilize the already advertised ReT posts for KGBV has brought the two categories of teachers—KGBV and ReT—at loggerheads.
Officials said the department earlier advertised the posts for selection of ReT teachers under SSA scheme in government schools but the selection process was halted due to intervention of High Court following disputes between the job aspirants whose names figure in the panel. The posts remained unfilled till date.
He said the applicants whose selection is pending due to court intervention have approached the Directorate of School Education Kashmir (DSEK) with the plea to do away with such controversial decision.
"Scores of these applicants mostly females are protesting against the move and want to revoke this order as it is injustice with them," officials in DSEK said, adding they have already received High Court (HC) directions in some cases to go ahead with the selection "but the selection is incomplete following the HC orders for conducting screening test of ReT teachers at the time of selection."
Earlier, the department identified vacant SSA posts at zonal level but the vacancies don't suffice the requirement. "We identified around 250 vacant SSA posts but we require more than 500 posts to absorb these pending KGBV teachers," officials said, adding that the department is also mulling to use vacant ZRP/CRP posts as well.
At the time of recruitment, the state government as per the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) guidelines had to engage 700 teachers in 99 KGBVs, (seven teachers for each school) on temporary basis with a stipend not beyond Rs 6000 per month.
However, the education department 'wrongly' engaged all the teachers on Rehbar-e-Taleem (ReT) pattern which made it mandatory for state government to regularize their services after five years and elevate their pay scale as well.
The services of around 90 teachers including 25 in Jammu and 65 in Kashmir were regularized by the government, while as the fate of rest of the teachers is hanging in balance.
Director School Education Kashmir (DSEK) Dr Shah Faesal said the orders for utilizing these sub-judice posts were issued from the administrative department. "This issue pertains to the administrative department. They have the authority to take decision on such issues," he said.