Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: Teacher aspirants now have to undergo a competitive exam and face an interview to land a job in a government school in Odisha, informed School and Mass Education secretary Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra today.

After a review meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi, Mohapatra said the teachers will now be selected through a competitive examination conducted by Odisha Staff Selection Commission (OSSC).

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To bring transparency in transfer of teachers the government has decided to manage the process online, Mohapatra said adding further that student–teacher ratio of 10:1 will be maintained in the State-run schools.

"Primary School, Upper Primary School and High School are within a distance of 100 metres but are running as separate entities with separate headmasters, will be merged and one headmaster will be appointed for Class I to X. The transfer of primary school and secondary school teachers will be held online. The teacher seeking a transfer will apply online, the government has framed a standard policy therefore there will be no chance of manipulation. The recruitment of Post Graduate Teachers (PGT) for +2 colleges will be conducted by Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) and secondary level teachers’ recruitment will be conducted by Odisha Staff Selection Commission (OSSC)," said Mohapatra.

Around 1.75 lakh teachers will be trained between April 17 and May 5, the department secretary informed.