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Uttar Pradesh’s Yogi Adityanath government has decided to re-hire retired teachers in state-run schools, including Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (KGBV).

According to an order issued by Deepak Kumar, principal secretary for basic education, the government intends to re-engage dedicated retired teachers who are willing to be re-engaged for collaborative school supervision.

“As mentors they will be required to ensure peer learning, trigger intrinsic motivation, and make the classroom student-centric. This will lead to improvement in the learning levels of students,” said secretary, basic education, Vijay Kumar Anand.

Advantages of the move

The move will have numerous advantages, including their use in schools where teachers, including trained ones, are in short supply. According to the official, it will also promote the concept of mentoring in schools at a low cost.

According to the announcement, teachers under the age of 70 will be eligible for mentoring for one year. Before their contracts are renewed, each selected teacher will have their performance evaluated after one year.

Teachers who have received state or national awards will be given preference in the selection process. They should also have at least five years of experience, either as assistant teachers or as principals (principals).

Selected teachers will be given Rs 2,500 as a mobility allowance per month. No extra honorarium will be given.

Each selected teacher will have to carry out online supportive supervision of at least 30 schools through the Prerna app and encourage parents and students to use Diksha 
and Read Along app.

These teachers will also observe school activities like assembly, sports and demonstrate model teaching in schools.

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