AP towards reforming private schools

Andhra Pradesh unaided and aided schools association has filed a plea in the High Court today, challenging the government’s order on the recruitment of teachers in private schools. The school’s association argued that the government has no right to interfere in a private institution’s recruitment process.

What is G.O.Ms. No.43 all about?

The Andhra Pradesh government has earlier released a notification amending the Andhra Pradesh Private Educational Institutions Act, 1994. As per this amendment, the government will directly interfere in the process of recruiting teachers in private aided schools.

The District Education Officer will now study the requirement of Teachers in every School by calculating the Teacher to Pupils ratio. After completing the due process of promotions, this report will be sent to the Commissioner of Education, who will in turn release a notification to fill the vacancies district wise.

A Computer-based test will be conducted for all the aspiring candidates following the rule of 80% to locals and 20% to open candidates. A similar test will be conducted for Non-teaching staff too.

The issue…

Private Schools association has challenged the government’s order stating that it is illegal to do away with the rights of a private Educational institution. “How can we be deprived of the right to recruit teachers in our own schools”, the association questioned.

The High Court bench of Chief justice TB Radhakrishnan and Justice SV Bhatt have adjourned the case while adding the need for a careful study.

Students and Parents to benefit.

Though the amendment might not be in the best interest of private institutions, It brings about a new reform with a dynamic policy. Most of the Private institutions have a habit of not maintaining designated faculties, stipulated Teacher to students ratio and proper infrastructure. The amendment can now address all these issues as it mandates the DEO to conduct a review of Schools every year, before calling for a recruitment.

It also creates pressure on private schools to provide proper infrastructure and abide by the rules in order to compete with other institutions. In addition, it provides a private employee with the job security that he or she needs, as the recruitment complete process is done under the supervision of the government.

Telangana parents association has demanded a similar system from the Telangana government to ensure that private schools recruit quality teachers.