Several Mandals do not have regular MEOs

Several Mandals do not have regular MEOs

More than five years passed as the State-run schools in the district are continuing to face problems without regular mandal educational officers...

Kothagudem: More than five years passed as the State-run schools in the district are continuing to face problems without regular mandal educational officers (MEO). The new educational calendar of 2018-19 will start in a few days and the government is yet to fill the vacancies of regular MEOs in various mandals.

The crucial MEO posts in the district have remained unfilled for long casting a shadow on proper monitoring of the academic and administrative matters in the government schools across the district. The effect of no regular MEOs was clear when the district got 29th place out of the 31 districts in the State in the recently announced SSC results.

A MEO duties include conducting meetings with teachers, prepare a programme of annual academic supervision, inspection of schools, follow up visits, surprise visits, preparing budget estimations, supply of uniforms and notebooks to eligible students in the mandals, release of different types of scholarships, implementation of mid-day meals scheme and many more.

Each MEO will have to look after 30 to 50 schools in their mandal. Without regular one, the in-charge MEOs are looking after these responsibilities, who could not do justice to both their duties as they have to teach subjects to the students and do the in-charge officer duty also. Whenever these in-charge MEOs have to attend a meeting or goes on other works, then the students are losing their lessons.

There are 1,239 upper primary, 288 primary and 290 high schools in the district. 5,351 teachers are working. For the last five years, in-charge MEOs have been working in 23 mandals acorss the district. Students union leader B Suneel asked how the government, which has been implementing various schemes for the development of agriculture and other secotors, had forgotten the most important sector i.e., education?

Why it is not filling the vacanices of MEOs? The lack of propoer administration at mandal-levels is showing a drastic effect on students, he observed and appealed the government to appoint regular MEOs immediately.

Teachesr Union District President B Raju appealed the government to fill the MEO posts immediatley at the interests of the students. Teacher promotions are also pending for several years, he added.

Education expert N Narayana stated MEO posts are important for monitoring the education system at mandal-level.

Meanwhile District Education Officer D Vasanthi said that the in-charge MEOs will continue till the government fills the vacancies with regular ones.

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