Thiruvananthapuram: Aspiring candidates who underwent PSC exams for teaching positions now face a significant setback as the government implements a reduction in teaching posts. The reduction is attributed to the insufficient height of school buildings constructed with funds from the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB). This move is expected to impact the recruitment of teachers in government schools for the upcoming year.
As per the Kerala Education Act, the current standard for school building height is set at 3.7 meters, taking into consideration factors such as air circulation and heat regulation in classrooms. However, recent fitness tests conducted on buildings funded by KIIFB revealed a reduction of up to 10 cm in height. In response to this, authorities opted to cut the number of available teaching posts. School officials explained the variance in measurements as a result of floor tiling and other room arrangements.
Amidst growing protests, a concession was granted for buildings constructed after November 16, 2022. However, this relief only applies to existing posts, and new teacher appointments cannot benefit from this relaxation.
The government’s criteria for determining teaching posts involve assessing the fitness of school buildings and considering the number of students on the 6th working day following the start of the academic year. This recent decision has stirred controversy and raised concerns among aspiring teachers awaiting opportunities through the Public Service Commission exams.