POST TIME: 11 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
5,000 music, physical training teachers to be recruited in Jan
Recruitment to boost co-curricular activities in primary schools

5,000 music, physical training teachers to be recruited in Jan

The primary and mass education ministry has decided to recruit over 5,000 assistant teachers for giving music and physical training in government primary schools across the country. Sources said the recruitment process would be completed by January next year. A circular would be issued soon after fixing the required qualification of the teachers, they added.

The sources also said these teachers would initially get salaries from the fund of the fourth Primary Education Development Project (PEDP-4). But after completion of the project, their jobs would be regularised and they would receive their salaries and other benefits from the government funds.

Ministry sources said these teachers would be recruited to boost co-curricular activities in primary schools. Additional secretary (development) to the primary and mass education ministry, Md Gias Uddin Ahmed, told The Independent that more than 5,000 teachers of music and physical training would be recruited in January. “In total, 5,106 persons would be recruited as music and physical training teachers under PEDP-4. Among them, 2,553 would be recruited for music and 2,553 for physical training,” he added.

“Preparations for the recruitment are complete. It would create a great opportunity for teachers of music and physical training. These teachers would be recruited at the 14/15 grade,” he said. He also said though the number of teachers was small compared to around 65,000 government primary schools, it would be a good start for co-curricular activities. “One teacher will be appointed for a cluster of 10 schools. He/she will move to different schools to teach music and impart physical training. Besides, the physical training teachers will also train up one teacher of the school,” he explained. Sources in the Directorate of Primary Education (DPE) said  although preparations are being made for recruiting these teachers, several issues, including the qualification of these teachers, have remained undecided. It would be difficult to get a large number of teachers, especially for teaching music, they added.

Meanwhile, the DPE is likely to publish the final results for the appointment of about 10,000 assistant teachers under the revenue sector on September 6 and all appointments will be completed by September 20.

DPE sources said the recruitment of assistant teachers in 2014 had been delayed due to legal complications. Later, a written examination was held this year in four phases, starting in April. At least 13 lakh candidates had taken the written test, but only 29,555 of them managed to pass. The viva-voce was held from July 29 to August 15 this year. Finally, the results are going to be published this week.

“We've completed the procedure for publishing the results. Only the quota remains to be finalised. We hope that the results would be published on September 6,” Md Gias Uddin Ahmed told The Independent on Monday. “We've an acute shortage of teachers in primary schools. We want to fill the vacant posts gradually. Teachers are necessary for giving proper education to

achieve quality at the primary level,” he said. On the other hand, the ministry is undertaking another recruitment exercise to appoint 12,000 assistant teachers to end the current crisis of teachers. Online application was closed on August 30.

DPE sources said at least 24 lakh candidates had applied against 12,000 posts. “We'll get the full picture of the applications soon. Next, we'll come to know about the district-wise applications,” DPE director general Abu Hena Mostafa Kamal told the independent yesterday. Sources said the written test for this lot of recruitment will be held a month later. The ministry is taking steps to fill the vacant posts in about 65,000 government primary schools across the country.