Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 16:
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today directed the School and Mass Education (S&ME) department to set up a ‘Teachers Recruitment Board’ to fill up vacant teacher posts within the next four years.
Reviewing the performance of the S&ME department, the Chief Minister also asked the department to prepare modalities for it and submit a report within a month.
Departmental Minister Debi Prasad Mishra said: “The Chief Minister has sought a report on the proposed ‘Teachers Recruitment Board’ within a month.”
While stating that all the gram panchayats in the state now have high schools, Mishra said efforts were on to set up one model school in each block. He said 39 upper primary schools were upgraded to high schools in 2015-16 and 82 other high schools were set up with assistance from the Rastriya Madhamik Sikshya Abhiyan.
The S&E Minister said: “Out of the 314 proposed model schools to be opened in each block, 111 will be set up in the first phase to be followed by 51 on the second phase.”
Development commissioner has been directed by the Chief Minister to monitor implementation of such model schools, he said.
Mishra revealed that his department has a proposal to accord Mukhya Mantri Puraskar to quality teachers and good schools to encourage the teachers adding that the Chief Minister has suggested special programmes for girl education and teachers’ training.