Agartala, Sept. 6: Tripura governor Debananda Konwar has criticised the state government on its stand against Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) for recruitment of teachers in primary schools.
Speaking at a gathering of teachers at the Raj Bhavan on Teacher’s Day yesterday, the governor stressed the need for “quality education”.
“Quality education can be imparted by teachers who have quality and there can be no compromise on the issue. Education imparted to students between the age of 5-12 is most important as this provides the foundation for higher stages of education,” Konwar said.
Minister for higher education Bhanulal Saha and minister for social welfare and social education Bijita Nath were present at the ceremony.
The governor said quality education was not getting the importance it deserved as “we are not realising the importance”. Unless quality education is imparted from the very beginning the country would suffer ultimately, he added.
The Left Front or the CPM, however, did not comment on the issue. Official sources in the department of school education said preparations were made last year to complete the process of recruitment.
But Tripura PCC president Sudip Roy Barman addressed a letter to the Union HRD ministry alleging that the CPM was trying to pack schools with its cadres in the name of recruitment of primary school teachers without TET before the 2013 Assembly election. The Union ministry put its foot down and the process of recruitment without TET had to be shelved.
“We have approached the Union ministry to give us a one-time exemption but we have not received any response,” said deputy director of school education department, B.K. Acharjee.