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ATA resolves to launch vigorous democratic movement

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Itagar, Feb 6: The Aruchal Teachers’ Association (ATA) and its federal bodies have decided to launch rigorous democratic movement unless their grievances are redressed by the state government within the first week of this month.  ATA and its federal bodies will wait till the end of first week of February, by which time if the government does not fulfil their demands, vigorous agitation would be launched. The decision was taken by ATA and its federal bodies in a meeting on February 4 last. The meeting called for putting an end to Project Director, SSA Rajya Mission by assigning authority to the Director of Elementary Education.

“The objective of SSA-RTE project is completely based on Elementary Education and two separate directorates under Elementary Education is creating confusion and policy lapses in the Department of Elementary Education,” the meeting observed and appealed to the state government to strictly adhere to the government order issued by then Commissioner (Education) T Bagra, wherein it is mentioned that the “The Director Elementary shall look after the entire Elementary Education in the state including SSA-RTE programmes. The DEE shall ipso-facto act as the Project Director (SSA)”.

The meeting also called upon the state government to review and amend the Aruchal Pradesh Education Act, 2017 and setting up of State Education Commission in the greater interest of the state as well as improving the quality of education. Stating that shortage of teachers in many upgraded schools was due to unsystematic upgrade of schools, the members called for putting a halt to random upgrades of schools until and unless the required number of posts are created and sanctioned prior to the school upgrades. To mage the shortage of teachers, the members emphasized on subject wise promotion from AT to JT, especially in mathematics, science and language to do away with the shortage of subject teachers in the schools and to remove stagncy in time-bound promotion of AT (PRT). Also expressing displeasure over delay in conduct of DPC meeting of all categories of teachers and officers of the Education Department causing stagtion, the federal members called for time-bound promotion and conduct of DPC twice a year. They demanded that the concerned department and the government maintain seniority in promotion of any category of teacher up to the post of director. Other demands included immediate regularization of in-serving Joint Director and Director of Elementary and Secondary Education by conducting DPC at the earliest, separation of principal and DDSE post from present alogous ture, strict maintence of ratio on promotion from TGT/PGT to HM/VP as per laid down Recruitment Rules, and immediate and enduring solution to the genuine demands of both SSA and RMSA teachers.

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