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HC stalls selection of principals, vice-principals

By Correspondent

SIVASAGAR, Nov 29 � The fresh initiative taken by the government to appoint principals and vice-principals in provincialised higher secondary schools in Assam have been stalled by the High Court recently following admission of a petition by Assam Higher Secondary Teachers and Employees Association (AHSTEA) which demands that a 1992 directives of the High Court to appoint only Post Graduates as principals be followed.

Addressing the executive meeting of the Sivasagar district unit of AHSTEA at Gaurisagar Industrial Institute, AHSTEA general secretary Syed Anisur Rahman said that the association will stop at nothing till getting its genuine demand realised in the case of appointing principals in HS schools and there is absolutely no necessity for fresh advertisement for that at the moment. He also said that the government bid for direct appointment to the posts through interview will deprive the present incumbents of their legitimate rights for the posts.

It may be mentioned that thousands of subject teachers and senior assistant teachers in the State submitted applications in every districts through respective Inspector of Schools for the post of Principal, vice-principal and headmaster in response to advertisement issued in newspapers by the Deputy Director, Secondary Education, Assam. But the AHSTEA move has made it all null and void.

Regarding pay revision, Rahman said that the Chief Minister was apprised of the grievances of the association twice and the same has been put before the Anomaly Committee.

The meeting, presided over by Ajit Nath, president of Sivasagar District HS Teachers and Employees Association, formed a 13-member district level examination committee for conduct of the HS 1st Year and HS test examinations. Hemanta Bhunya, secretary of the association called upon the members to involve themselves with the organisational works to strengthen the association. It was also addressed by Prasanta Kalita, principal i/c, Bortol HS School, Himadrijyoti Dutta and others. The next executive meeting will be held at Sivasagar Bezbaruah HS School, the secretary said.

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