Mangaulu, Dec 2, 2014: Inaugurating an educational workshop held under the aegis of Dakshina Kannada District Government PU College Lecturers Association recently, Primary and secondary education minister, Kimmane Ratnakar, said that the department will take action to fill about 17,000-odd vacancies before June 2015.
Kimmane said that 11,000 vacant posts in education department, additional 5,000 posts created, and 1,100 posts lecturers for PU colleges and 600 posts of guest lecturers will be filled before June 2015. The appointments are expected to solve major crisis the education department faces. Out of six lakh government employees in the state, three lakh are working in the education department.
The department faces various issues, but solutions for many of them are being delayed due to legal obstacles, he said, adding that all issues can be solved. The department has plans to transfer all block education officers, deputy directors of PU and public instructors, who are working for more than three years in their respective offices. "We will not allow deputy directors and BEOs to work in their home districts. We will make rules for PU department deputy directors to participate in KDP meets," the minister said, adding that a new transfer policy is on the anvil before the government for clearing the backlog of about 53,000 transfer applications pending in the state.
Later, participating in an interaction programme organized by Samadarshi Vedike, Kannada Sangha and University College here, Kimmane said the government will take a final decision on medium of instructions for schools within two months.
"Supreme Court has already given a verdict that choosing a medium of instruction is right of parents. Hence, it is a severe blow on the decision that mother tongue should be the medium of instruction in schools. CM Siddaramaiah has sent letters to all chief ministers across the nation to take an appropriate decision in this regard. A decision will be taken after conducting a study," he added."It is easy for children to grasp subjects if they are taught in their mother tongue," he said.