DIMAPUR, Sept 5 - As directed by the Union Ministry of Human Resources Development, it has been informed that the teachers from Nagaland who were appointed before September 3, 2001 have been exempted from TET.
Announcing this during the State-level Teacher�s Day celebration at the NBCC Convention Hall, Kohima today, Nagaland Minister for School Education Tokheho Yepthomi lauded the teachers for making unknown sacrifices without expectations or rewards.
�We were all students once, the significance of teachers is felt more when they are no longer in our lives,� he said.
Tokheho also stated that there are lots of challenges in the Education Department and urged the teachers to strive and commit to impart and ignite quality education since there is a large number of educated unemployed Nagas.
He further announced that in view of the Teacher�s Day celebrations, the Government of Nagaland has declared September 6�this year as holiday for all the schools.
Delivering the welcome address, Principal Director, School Education, Smita Sarangi, said while parents play an important role in shaping the lives of their children, it is the teachers who are endowed with the greater role for they shape and bring up generations.
The Government has detected over 700 teachers attached with offices and officers, which is stated to be illegal. In this regard, Minister for School Education Tokheho Yepthomi has written letters to all Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries, advisors and MLAs over the Government�s decision to redeploy all those teachers to their respective schools.
In School Education Directorate alone there are 76 teachers attached, State Mission Office RMSA and State Mission Authority Office SSA � 64, DEO and SDEO offices in the districts and sub-divisions - 551 and teachers attached with VIPs - 43.
The 734 teachers are not performing their original duty and this has created problem in the functioning of the Government schools.
The Minister has requested Naga lawmakers to bear and cooperate with the department, while undergoing the process of redeployment of attached teachers to their respective place of posting for smooth functioning of schools.
This redeployment has been the long demand of student organisations led by the Naga Students� Federation (NSF) but so far the Government had failed to comply with the demand.
Many teachers were also sent to other departments on deputation and never return to their department.
Manipur Correspondent adds: Teacher�s Day was celebrated across the State with various programmes. The state-level celebration was held�at the auditorium of Manipur State Film Development Society in Imphal. Deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar Singh and Education Minister Th Radheshyam Singh attended the programme.
Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Chief Minister Joykumar appealed to the teachers to dedicate themselves for the betterment of the State. �Now the time has come, our teachers should take a pivotal role in building our society,� he said.