GUWAHATI, May 20 � The State Government today handed over appointment letters to 26,110 candidates who had passed the Teachers' Eligibility Test (TET).
Another 29,000 candidates, who had also cleared the examination, will be given appointment letters between September 5 and September 15 this year, announced State Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma at a function held at the Sarusajai sports complex here.
The successful candidates will now be posted as teachers in various Government schools across the State.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, after handing over the appointment letters to four of the toppers, termed the day as historic and urged the candidates to give their best while teaching the students.
�The onus now is on you people to shape the future of our State and the country. It is they (students) who will take Assam forward and the role of a teacher is very important in this aspect,� the Chief Minister said while addressing the huge gathering.
�We are according top priority to education as it is through educating people that problems like poverty and unemployment can be eliminated,� Gogoi said.
Stating that efforts are on to improve the infrastructure and the standard of education in the State, he however, cautioned the newly-appointed teachers not to be complacent while discharging their duties.
Gogoi also said the Government will conduct training for the teachers and if required teachers from Assam will also be sent abroad as part of exposure trips.
�We will continue to extend all possible help to you but at the same time, we will also expect the best from you. Complacent attitude will not be tolerated,� the Chief Minister said, addressing the TET-passed candidates.
Earlier, Education Minister Sarma said that it was satisfying to see that appointment to such a huge pool of deserving candidates could be made possible without much hiccups.
�From here, the teachers will have to come out of the comfort zone and dedicate their time for the students in the right spirit. The focus will be on the students and the goal will be to achieve high standard of teaching in Government schools,� Sarma said.
He further urged the newly-appointed teachers to uphold the dignity of their post and contribute towards revolutionising the entire system.
Meanwhile, a number of candidates who turned up at the Sarusajai sports complex from far flung area and were made to wait in the scorching heat for hours suffered bouts of vomiting and a few were reported to have fainted.
A section of the newly-appointed teachers deplored the practice of giving the appointment letters en masse, saying that it put the candidates to a great deal of inconvenience.
"The normal mode of providing appointment letters followed in other Government jobs should be applied in teachers' appointment as well," an aggrieved candidate said.