There is no shortage of principals and teachers in Kendriya Vidyalayas across the country, Lok Sabha was informed on Monday.
The Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), an autonomous body that manages KVs across the country, has conducted a rationalization exercise to ensure that sufficient permanent teachers are available at the school, according to the Ministry of Education.
The information was shared by Union Education Minister Annapurna Devi in a written reply in Lok Sabha.
“There is not such a shortage of principals and teachers as teachers are regularly recruited on a contract basis in anticipation of regular recruitment, for which an advertisement was recently published. KVS also conducted a rationalization exercise to ensure that sufficient permanent teachers are available in the school,” she said.
Responding to a question as to whether there was no career advancement scheme or transfer policy that forced many to spend five to seven years at far-flung stations, and they complain of a “policy paralysis”, Devi said there are notified career advancement schemes. and promotion guidelines for all categories of employees in KVS.
“There is no policy paralysis and KVS is actively making special efforts to address learning loss due to the pandemic. Such learning recovery measures, depending on the needs of the students, include corrective actions taken to address the problem and difficult areas of each student, additional classes, assigning expert teachers for personalized attention, parental involvement, use of technology and specific instructional materials and worksheet and workbooks to meet students’ specific learning needs,” Devi said.
The minister also denied that several directors were bitter and frustrated, complaining of “staff unrest” as some of them were forced to work double shifts.
“No such case has been reported,” she said.