AIZAWL, April 24 - The Opposition Congress and the Zoram People�s Movement (ZPM) today accused the Mizo National Front (MNF) Government of flouting rules by deciding to recruit 946 teachers for primary and middle schools.
In separate statements, the two parties alleged that the Government was trying to recruit teachers on the pretext of meeting the perennial problem of teacher shortage, but which in fact was primarily meant to favour party workers.
The State Cabinet on Monday decided to recruit 946 teachers to fill up vacant posts in primary and middle schools under the muster roll in relaxation of column 8(2) of the recruitment rules in respect of primary school and middle school teachers and all the existing office memoranda pertaining to engagement of muster roll employees.
The Congress said that the Cabinet decision has rubbished the promise made by Education Minister Lalchhandama Ralte that recruitment rules would be strictly followed in the process of recruitment of teachers under the muster roll. �The Cabinet decision also contravened the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), which sets Teacher Eligibility Test as mandatory for recruitment of teacher,� the Congress said in its statement. Besides, the applicant should hold a diploma in elementary education or a Bachelor�s degree in elementary education, the statement added. It pointed out that there are no separate eligibility criteria for muster roll employees.
The ZPM also said that the Cabinet decision was a clear violation of the recruitment rules for teachers, and was an attempt to give undue favours to party workers.