While government teachers will get the awards on a day finalised by the chief minister (which was December 25 in the past), teachers of self-finance colleges will be awarded on September 5.
Under the amended rules, the secondary education department has linked the award with the performance of students in the board exam. Teachers vying for the award should ensure that the performance of students in Board examinations is not less than 90% for the past five years.
Earlier, only the exam result was mentioned for the award, not the percentage. But now, teachers or principals of only those schools will be considered to have produced 90% results for 5 years in a row, said officials.
The parameters earlier were more subjective, but have now been made more objective, said officials. As per the changes, there will be 18 teachers — one from each division — who will be awarded. Of these, there will be two principals and head teachers each. In the new system, there will be different standards for the principals/head teachers and teachers. There will be separate categories for selecting principal, language teacher and mathematics, science, humanities, agriculture, commerce, arts, music and exercise teacher.
Under the new guidelines, a teacher needs to achieve a minimum of 50% points which were earlier 40%. Now, there will be a committee at the directorate level so that limited applications are presented before the state election committee.