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The number of contractual teachers in Kendriya Vidyalayas has more than tripled in recent years due to a freeze on regular faculty recruitment, government data presented in the Lok Sabha on Monday showed.
With the number of contractual teachers employed against regular teaching posts rising from 3260 in 2020-21 to 10,462 in 2022-23, the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, which manages these centre-run schools, from’ r has finally advertised 12,099 vacancies for recruitment, the Lok Sabha was told.
According to a written response to BSP MP Ritesh Pandey by Minister of State (Education) Annpurna Devi, as on December 31, 2022, 10,462 contractual teachers in the KVs had been engaged against vacancies.
Looking at data from recent years shows that, from 9539 in 2018-19 and 8912 in 2019-20, the number of contract teachers has fallen to 3260 in 2020-21 as a recruitment campaign was carried out in 2019. However , within a year, the reliance on contract faculty rose again to 8105, and to 10,462 by 2022.
Of the total 12,099 regular vacancies in the KVs, 6150 fall under the unreserved category, 3254 are for OBCs, while 1802 and 893 are reserved for members of SC and ST communities, he said the government in another written response to a question by YSRCP MP N Redeppa in the Lok Sabha on Monday.
“The vacancies arise due to retirement, resignation, promotion and additional requirements due to upgradation/sanction of new streams as well as improvement in student strength. Regular filling of vacancies is an ongoing process and efforts are made to fill the vacancies in accordance with the provisions of the relevant recruitment rules of the concerned Institution. Teachers are employed on contractual basis for a temporary period by Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) to ensure that the teaching-learning process is not hampered,” the government added.
About 14.28 lakh students are enrolled in 1249 KVs across the country established to cater primarily to the educational needs of the children of transferable central government employees.
Unlike Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, which are also run by the Union government, KVs are non-residential schools. In the JNVs, there are currently 3139 vacant teaching posts, while in the central universities, 6028 faculty posts are unfilled, the government added in its response to Redeppa.