Bokajan: At a time when the education system is considered to achieve the highest ideals of complete child development, corruption has gripped the education system in Karbi Anglong. Corruption has plagued the school education system in the district which was once considered the temple of education. Moreover, the political interference involved in the recruitment and transfer of teachers has substantially demoralized the ethical commitment and willingness of teachers to participate in the academic process of imparting education.
With the primary emphasis on money-making and materialism, corruption has gripped the KAAC Education Department to the core. Recently the KAAC, in the process of regularizing the jobs of TET teachers appointed under SSA, regularized a total of 432 serving teachers as assistant teachers in various lower primary schools in the hill district of Karbi Anglong. The move was taken after the State-wide agitation of TET qualified teachers for regularization of jobs on June 17.
Hundreds of teachers who could not make it to the list of selected candidates have now claimed that appointment into regular service has been provided on the basis of nepotism and bribery.
“If you compare the appointment merit list with the list of selected candidates for service regularization, the inconsistencies will surface. Not a single candidate from the merit list in the rank between 1-25 has been selected,” said a teacher on condition of anonymity.
Moreover, another baffling factor in the selected list of candidates is that candidates from the minority community have been completely sidelined as not a single teacher from the minority community could make it to the regularization list. This alleged religious polarisation and underrepresentation of minority community candidates exhibit political interference.