GUWAHATI, Sept 8 - �Teaching is a noble profession and teachers are the guiding force in a civilised society. Your engagement into the elementary education today entrusts tremendous responsibility upon you to groom a new generation into able and ideal citizens,� Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said while ceremoniously distributing engagement letters among the 11,648 TET-qualified candidates at a programme held on the Veterinary College playground at Khanapara here today.
The 11,648 TET-qualified candidates have been appointed under the �Strengthening Elementary Education of Assam� scheme. The programme was organised by the Elementary Education Department, Government of Assam, in collaboration with Krishna Kanta Handique State Open University.
Urging the new teachers to take their profession as a service to humanity, Sonowal advised them to maintain discipline, punctuality and character while executing their responsibility. He also called for joint initiative by the four pillars of democracy to foster peace and harmony in the society.
Stating that the absence of a positive mindset is a major deterrent to the State�s development, the Chief Minister also asked the teachers to inculcate a positive attitude in the students.
He also urged the teachers to acknowledge the contributions of adi guru (parents), shiksha guru (teachers) and dharma guru (spiritual teachers) in their lives and always be respectful to them.
Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, in his speech, said the government created 12,800 additional posts to make way for the appointment of 11,648 teachers today as the validity of their TET qualification would expire on September 15, 2017. He added that posts for the new teachers were created under the State pool and their appointment was not regular or under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.
�The new teachers will not get salary in parity with the TET-qualified teachers appointed under SSA. While the newly recruited primary teachers will get Rs 20,000 per month, upper primary teachers will get Rs 22,000 per month as salary. The new teachers will be absorbed as regular teacher or under SSA in the days to come and their salary will also be enhanced,� he added.
Minister of State for Power, Revenue, etc., Pallab Lochan Das and KKHSOU Vice Chancellor Dr Hitesh Deka also spoke on the occasion.