Under the National Education Policy, computer education will be made compulsory in more than 4500 aided secondary schools across the state. For this, the government has sought a proposal from the officers of the Secondary Education Department. Additional Director of Secondary Education Dr. Mahendra Dev has written a letter to all Joint Directors of Education on May 11, seeking information on the prescribed format within a week.
Information has to be given on the name of aided colleges in the district, the posts created for lecturers and assistant teachers, subject wise details of unused posts, status of recognition of computer subject (high school or inter) and whether computer lab is established in the college or not. Earlier, a decade ago, the government had introduced computer education in all aided secondary schools under the ICT scheme.
Along with giving 10 computers to each school, computer teachers were hired outsourced through private agencies on an honorarium of Rs 15,000 per month. But after five years the whole plan came to a halt. Computer labs in most of the schools have been locked for four-five years. In some schools private teachers are teaching, who are given honorarium from the children.
Computer teachers recruitment exercise
To make computer education compulsory, preparations are also being made to appoint regular computer teachers in aided secondary schools. The state government has also sought a proposal from the Secondary Education Department for the creation of computer teachers. The list of schools where computer subject/education is recognized and is being studied is being sent to the government.