Vidya volunteers’ recruitment begins

Amidst the shortage of teachers in government schools, particularly after the recent transfers, the recruitment process of Vidya Volunteers in Telangana has picked up and they would be appointed by July 20.

The application process started on Friday and will continue till July 16 while the concerned Mandal Education Officers (MEOs) will verify the certificates and forward it to the concerned District Education Officers (DEOs), who in turn would get the approval from the District Level Committee headed by the Collector. The finalised list would be sent to the School Management Committees (SMCs) who would get into an agreement with the finalised candidates by July 20.

Urgent appointment

The government plans to appoint 16,781 volunteers this academic year, about 5,000 volunteers more than last year. The urgency and emergency of their appointment is also due to the delay in the recruitment of 8,792 teachers.

Though the Teacher Recruitment Test (TRT) was conducted by the Telangana State Public Service Commission (TSPSC), the results are yet to be announced due to various hassles the process is going through.

The volunteers, who would be paid a honorarium of Rs. 12,000 per month will be used in vacancies across the State. Among the 16,781 volunteers planned to be appointed 15,000 odd would fill the regular vacancies and the those arising out of leave on various counts. About 1300 odd volunteers would be assigned to teach Telugu in all government schools and schools that offer English medium and non-Telugu mediums.

As of now candidates who completed their B.Ed and appeared for TET would be eligible to apply but if there is a shortage the government is likely to consider those with just a B.Ed degree. However, the services of volunteers would be used till the recruited teachers join or till the end of the academic year, which ever is earlier.

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