‘Secure’ teaching jobs are popular among Bihar youth

November 19th, 2008 - 11:34 am ICT by IANS  

Patna, Nov 19 (IANS) Widespread unemployment, lack of job opportunities and threats to Bihari migrants working in cities like Mumbai have led to educated youths in the state opting to become teachers. As many as four million people have applied for jobs for government-run schools in the state in the last couple of months.”We have no other option. A teacher’s job in a government school is not bad and it also provides a sense of security. We are not keen to migrate for a job either,” 26-year-old Narendra Kumar said referring to the increasing attacks on Biharis in Mumbai.

Official sources in the Human Resource Development Department said that its 9,000 recruitment centres across the state had received over four million applications for 93,000 posts till Monday, the last date for submitting forms as part of a teacher recruitment drive.

Rashid Ahmad, in his early 30s, said that the absence of industries and other business opportunities was forcing youths in Bihar to apply for jobs in government-run schools.

“At least, we will get a secure job within the state and there won’t be any tension of losing it,” Ahmad said.

Kumar and Ahmad are just two of the thousands of unemployed youths across Bihar who have applied for a teaching job in their home state, instead of migrating in search of a livelihood.

“I am hopeful of becoming a teacher this time. I will not be forced to migrate for a job,” Kumar told IANS.

A youth from Bihar was killed last month when Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) activists disrupted a railway recruitment examination in Mumbai. Suspected MNS activists also lynched a labourer from Uttar Pradesh on a suburban train late last month.

A massive teacher recruitment drive was started two years ago in Bihar to recruit more than 200,000 teachers in various schools across the state.

In the first phase of the recruitment drive, 136,000 teachers were recruited last year. Under the second phase, which began a couple of months ago, 80,000 primary teachers and 12,000 secondary and higher secondary teachers are to be recruited.

The Bihar government is aiming to raise the teacher-student ratio in government schools from the present 1:62 to the national average of 1:40.

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