Education Ministry staff may have March 31 as retirement date
Chandigarh, July 8
The state Education Ministry is in the process of finalising a uniform date for retirement of all its employees. The proposal will be tabled in the next Cabinet meeting that will be held soon.
The motive behind deciding one date — March 31 of every financial year — for retirement of all is to avoid shortage of staff mid-session after a teacher superannuates.
About 6,000 teachers and other staff of the state education department out of nearly 1.25 lakh retire every year. Those retiring this year stand to benefit as they would automatically get extension till March 31, 2016.
“Like other departments, our employees retire at the end of their birth month in which they attain the age of 58 years. However, it takes a lot of time to fill the post. For example, if a teacher retires in August, the education of his students suffers for the remaining session. With one date of retirement, that situation can be avoided,” said Dr Daljeet Singh Cheema, Education Minister.
Cheema said his ministry will be the first to introduce such a system. “We have worked out the modalities already. We will know in advance the number of teachers to be recruited for the next session,” he said.
Sources said the move would help the state government as it would get more time to pay the provident fund dues of the employees. The cash-strapped government has, in the recent past, delayed payments of provident fund.
Cheema said that his ministry has taken effective steps to train teachers in order to improve the results of government schools.
“After recently testing the expertise of teachers in their subjects and specially in Punjabi and English languages, we found many teachers were not up to the mark and needed training. We have deputed senior teachers and five principal secretaries of the department to impart training.
“There is a need to bridge the disconnect between the teachers and the students. Training camps are being organised in all districts. We will be holding a meeting on August 10 to check the progress made regarding the improvement in the standard of teaching.”