Thiruvananthapuram: At least 1,500 candidates who cleared the Kerala Public Service Commission (PSC) examination for the posts of teacher, from primary till higher secondary levels, are awaiting postings. The authorities cite the non-reopening of schools due to COVID as the reason for the delay.
The number of posts is fixed as per the student-teacher ratio. This could not be done as the number of students could not be ascertained.
The previous year’s number has been retained this year too. The posts which got dropped due to a dip in the number of students will also continue as such this year. The PSC made appointments to the 1,500 vacancies which came about due to promotions and retirements.
In some teaching posts, the rank lists had expired two years ago. Due to this, there were more posts to fill and this was beneficial to candidates.
The delay in making headmaster appointments in primary schools is also affecting the recruitment of over 700 teachers. Court cases are the main factor which impedes promotions. In aided schools, all appointments till last year had been regularised. In aided schools too, there are no appointments to fill promotion and retirement vacancies. It is unclear if the number of posts will be ascertained and fixed this year.
Usually, more appointments are made from the primary school rank list. Almost 4,000 candidates had secured appointment from the previous rank list.