| Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council chief executive member Jayram Engleng hands over an appointment letter to a candidate in Diphu on Wednesday. Telegraph picture |
Nagaon, May 30: The Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council today distributed appointment letters among 431 candidates for teachers’ posts during a special programme at Diphu council hall, amid strong protests from the Autonomous State Demand Committee (ASDC).
All 431 candidates had cleared the teacher eligibility test (TET) conducted by the Assam government.
The chief executive member of the council, Jayram Engleng, and senior council members participated in the programme presided over by executive member (in-charge education) Tuliram Ranghang.
Those who received appointment letters in today’s programme will be informed about their place of posting by the council’s education department within the next five days.
The newly recruited teachers will be specially trained in a phased manner by the department in the hill district headquarters.
“We want quality teachers and for that we stress not on community but on talent. Finding out talents for building the careers of our next generation is our priority and all oppositions should feel that what we are doing is for the greater interest of development of the region,” Engleng said.
Engleng today came down heavily on the Opposition ASDC for “misleading the people of the district” by spreading the “bad message” that the Congress-led council is violating the Sixth Schedule guidelines by recruiting teachers in adherence to state-level teacher’s eligibility test.
“Nobody should doubt our honesty in the teacher recruitment process as not a single candidate from outside the district is appointed. It is true that the number of Karbi candidate is less, but educated youths of the community can prepare better for the next eligibility test,” he said.
Tuliram Ranghang today urged the new teachers to work with missionary zeal to usher in a better academic environment especially in the remote areas of the district.
“We have a lot to do for the improvement of the education scenario in Karbi Anglong. This is just the first step of our dream mission,” Ranghang said. The ASDC carried out a daylong protest against the council’s step to accept candidates passed in state-level examinations.
At ASDC’s central office in Rongnihang in Diphu town, agitated supporters burnt the effigy of education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. Party workers later participated in a protest rally and urged the Congress to stop the ongoing process of teacher recruitment.
The ASDC claimed that inclusion of the Sixth Schedule area under the umbrella of state-level eligibility test is a violation of constitutional guideline.