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Govt circular will split HS teachers: UTDC

By Correspondent

SILCHAR, Feb 23 - Alleging disparity meted out to the high school teachers of Barak Valley, the Union Territory Demand Committee (UTDC) has said that the government is creating a divide between the Manipuri language teachers with those who teach music/crafts courtesy a notification issued by RC Jain, Secretary, Secondary Education Department.

Sanjit Debnath, president of UTDC said that 52 high schools have been provincialised in two phases and there are more than 100 teachers whose jobs are yet to be provincialised are teaching Manipuri language, music and crafts in those schools since many years. The circular issued by RC Jain on December 22, 2015 for provincialisation of one more Manipuri language teacher in place of music/craft teacher in the three districts of Barak Valley under the Assam Venture Educational Institutions (Provincialisation of Services) Act 2011 will deprive a large section of the teachers of Barak Valley and will create a split among them, Debnath said.

Further, referring to the provincialisation of Schools, Act 1977, Debnath mentioned the provisions for two Assamese and Manipuri Language teachers and one Music or Crafts teacher in each high school in the State who have received financial grants as well. �The Assam Venture Educational Institutions (Provincialisation of Services) Act 2011 has errors and hence the circular issued on the basis of the Act must be scraped. Services of the Language, Music and Crafts teachers must be provincialised,� the UTDC members demanded. They made it clear that if the government fails to take positive steps towards their demand, they will not hesitate to resort to massive democratic protest in the future.

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