GUWAHATI: The TET (Teachers Eligibility Test) teachers, numbering around 41,000, have set a ten-day deadline for Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to regularize their services, failing which, they will resort to stage a Dispur ‘Challo’ (march to Dispur) agitation on June 29, 2019.
Under the banner of the Sadou Asom Prathamik TET-Uttirna Shikshak Samaj, over 41,000 TET teachers all over the State staged dharna in front of their respective deputy commissioners’ offices in support of their demand for the regularization of their services. They sent memoranda to the Chief Minister through their respective deputy commissioners. In their memoranda they spelt it out in no uncertain terms that the Chief Minister should intervene directly and find a solution to the problem within ten days. They further said that if their demand is not met, they will have to resort to Dispur Challo agitation on June 29.
The memorandum says that the BJP, in its 2016 Assembly election manifesto, made it a point that the party, if voted to power, would regularize the services of TET-passed teachers working on a contractual basis. However, three years have already elapsed but the State government is still to translate the promise made in the poll manifesto. The memorandum further says that the TET teachers want solution to the problem of their regularization of services through talks. They, however, have rued the fact that despite petitions the Education Minister has not been according any importance to the issue. “This apart, a few absurd comments made by the Education Minister have pushed the teachers towards an uncertainty,” the memorandum said.
In Guwahati around 400 TET teachers staged dharna in front of Meghdoot Bhawan on Tuesday. They sent their memorandum to the Chief Minister through the Deputy Commissioner, Kamrup (M).