Patna: Left in the lurch, thousands of secondary and senior secondary retired school teachers in Bihar are waiting for their employment letters from state education department for the past four months.

It was announced earlier that retired teachers will be given their regular pension and Rs 6000 per month for their teaching work.

In process to fill 13,000 vacant seats in schools, the Bihar government had decided to appoint retired teachers under 65 years of age on contract basis and pay Rs 6000 per month as salary along with the pension.

For this purpose vacancies were advertised in September, 2010 and teachers submitted their applications to district education officers, but till date no further action has been taken.

According to the sources, the plan to recruit retired teachers might get cancelled because education department is going to conduct Secondary Teacher Eligibility Test (STET) exam on February 17, 2012 to recruit 12,000 new teachers in the state.