| Chief minister Tarun Gogoi distributes appointment letters to TET-qualified candidates in Guwahati. File picture |
Guwahati, Sept. 18: Dispur will promote recently-appointed TET-qualified teachers to the posts of headmasters in several schools in the state to motivate them.
The move comes after the state government last week warned education department officials that their salaries would be frozen if TET teachers working across the state did not get their pay on time.
Many meritorious youths, who had cleared TET in the early part of this year and had subsequently received appointment letters in May, had lost motivation because of irregular or delayed payment of salaries for the last two to three months.
“Education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has asked his department officials to immediately take steps to regularise salaries of the teachers. He has also instructed that in schools, which are being run without permanent headmasters, the TET-qualified candidates must take over the posts. For taking charge as headmasters, the TET teachers will receive additional remuneration of Rs 200,” an education department official told The Telegraph.
The official said at present a single teacher functions as headmaster in four to five lower and upper primary schools in the state.
“The main reason that led to such a situation was an inadequate number of teachers in lower and upper primary schools. The problem of shortage of teachers has been solved to a large extent after the appointment of TET teachers. The government now wants to appoint the TET-qualified teachers as headmasters in many schools, which have two to three teachers on a contract basis,” the official said.
Chief minister Tarun Gogoi had distributed appointment letters among 26,109 candidates who had cleared the test during a function held at Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium at the Sarusajai sports complex here on May 20. The government will spend Rs 419.15 crore annually to pay these teachers.
While the Centre will bear 75 per cent of the expenditure, the state will bear the rest to effectively implement the Right to Education Act.
Sources said the education department would also use bulk text messages to disseminate information, including the disbursement of salaries to the TET-qualified teachers.
“The move to motivate TET-qualified teachers is also associated with the state government’s decision to introduce the National Assessment and Accreditation Council-style gradation for the state’s primary schools. Gradation is important to impart quality education at the primary level,” the source said.
Sources said like the NAAC, which assesses and accredits institutions of higher education, the state education department will assess the performance and award grades to 35,000 primary schools in the state. Schools which get an A+ will be given awards by Dispur while those securing an A grade will be awarded by the education department. Schools with a B grade will be asked to improve, and the rest will face censure. “The schools performing better will be given incentives and letters of appreciation. The assessment will begin from the next academic year,” the source said.