Patna: It is pathetic that teachers in Bihar are being compelled to do odd jobs like sweeping the floors, bringing letters, parcels and other things as there is an acute shortage of class-IV employees in the schools.

This startling disclosure has been made through an RTI report which also says that there has been no fresh appointment of class-IV employees in primary as well as in senior secondary schools.

It is tragic that teachers who are considered to be the builder of the future of any nation are compelled to such petty work.

Ironically, the entire educational fraternity in the state is tightlipped over the issue.

Strangely, Education Ministry of the government has also no information as to how many posts of Class-IV employees are lying vacant in the schools of the state.

Moreover, there is no statistics available with the government that could substantiate the fact.

According to a report, almost 1700 posts of class –IV employees are lying vacant in 58,576 in primary schools while 20 percent posts of this group of employees are vacant in almost 3260 schools of the state.

There is not only shortage of class- IV employees in the schools of rural areas but also in urban areas of the state.

This is severely affecting the educational calendar of the schools also.

As per Deputy Director, Education, in spite of the compensatory appointment of class-IV employees in schools have been conducted after a gap of 10 years, the total number of employees has not been increased.


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