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SSA teachers to be hit by proposed criteria

By Staff Correspondent

DIBRUGARH, June 14 � Majority of the teachers rendering contractual service under the Sarba Sikhsa Abhiyan (SSA) in the State for several years now would be barred from sitting for the proposed Teachers Eligibility Test (TET), if the new criteria of the education department is applied for appointment of school teachers.

About 22,719 teachers serving under SSA in various parts of the State have been demanding regularization of the jobs since past several years. These teachers now feel that the set conditions would prevent them from getting regularized jobs in the State because majority of the teachers do not fulfill the proposed conditions.

These contractual teachers forming All Assam Siksha Karmi Union have claimed that they are trained and experienced like any other regularized teacher.

�Government should not make TET mandatory for us since we have proved our efficiency by teaching in the schools ever since SSA mission was launched in 2002,� Divyajyoti Bora, president of the union told mediapersons during a press conference here today.

He said that the State government should not overlook our service in the field of education while appointing teachers. It is sad that vast majority of our members would be left out because most of us have low percentage then asked by the Education Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma, the union president stated.

All Assam Siksha Karmi Union has asked the Education Minister to make it possible for all the SSA teachers to apply for regularized jobs.

The Union has also decided to persuade the Chief Minister and the Governor with regard to their appointment.

It needs to be mentioned here that the proposed conditions for appointment would also come as a heavy blow to the teachers in venture schools, which government is contemplating to provincialise because several number of teachers including some headmasters in the venture schools too do not fulfilL the criteria.said that the issue of inner line permit to the foreigners should be started immediately till the issue of accepting these foreigners by Bangladesh is sorted out.

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