By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Sept 7: The All BTAD TET Teachers’ Association (ABTADTA) threatened an indefinite hunger strike in the first week of November in protest against the failure on the part of the government to regularize the appointments of TET-qualified teachers of primary and ME schools in the BTAD districts.
The association said this while addressing newsmen today.
“We are forced to take the step of hunger strike. There’re around 8,000 TET-qualified teachers in BTAD. Out of these 2,815 candidates are working on contractual basis under Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) and over 5,000 under the BTC. According to the advertisement published by the BTC on February 3, 2014 as many as 2,125 appointments of TET-qualified teachers were to be regularised, but surprisingly BTC has split the vacancies in two parts. Due to which 1,441 non-TET qualified candidates have been appointed on January 20, 2015 and the appointment of 684 TET-qualified candidates are still to be regularized. This is against the norms of RTE Act, 2009 and the tiol Council of Teacher Education which directs appointment of teachers on merit basis at primary level,” said All BTAD TET Teachers’ Association general secretary Tebasrwn Brahma.
Brahma is of the view that due to non-appointment of TET-qualified teachers in the schools in the BTAD districts, the teachers opt to shift to districts outside the BTAD for regularisation. “This can be called as brain drain, and is likely to cause a loss for the council and the students,” Brahma said.
“The non-TET qualified teachers do not have adequate degrees. Some are even matriculates. This is how the education scerio in the BTAD is going from bad to worse day by day,” Brahma added. All BTAD TET Teachers’ Association secretary Jak Basumatary was also present at the press meet.