Guwahati, Oct. 9: The Assam education department will fill up all vacancies in the state’s secondary schools by December and has also decided to hold a special Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) for Bengali-medium schools in the state.
Distributing appointment letters for graduate teachers of Nalbari and Kamrup districts here today, education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said: “After approving 3,690 posts, the state government has recently approved another 2,323 posts. The process of distributing appointment letters for 3,690 teachers will be completed after declaration of poll results of the autonomous council areas. Appointments of 2,323 posts will be done in November,” Sarma said.
To fill the 2,323 posts, interviews started this month and will continue till October 25. November 15 has been fixed as the date for distribution of appointment letters.
Last night in Silchar, Sarma said the education department would hold a special TET for lower primary (LP) and upper primary (UP) Bengali-medium schools in Assam. Earlier, the education department held a special TET for Sixth Schedule districts.
Sarma said 5,000 posts, including 4,000 in Barak Valley alone, are lying vacant in Bengali medium LP and UP schools in the state. He said recruitment would be done within March 31, 2014. “Through the previous TET examinations we could not fill up all the posts vacant for Bengali-medium schools for which we will conduct a special TET on December 22 just to fill those vacant posts. It is quite an opportunity for people of Barak valley,” Sarma said.
Sarma said the application process would begin after Durga Puja. He requested the applicants to examine properly the whereabouts of the areas of posting before applying . He said after appointment, change of posting areas would not be possible.
It has been seen that many teachers who have been appointed in rural areas try to get transferred to urban areas. “They do not want to touch rural areas as if people in rural areas are not civilised. This is a bad trend,” Sarma said. The minister requested the newly-appointed teachers to impart quality education so that their students can get jobs on the basis of merit.
“You all have got the job on merit. Joining in school you could meet some colleagues who are not serious in teaching. If you bunk classes, the principal of your school or school inspector might not notice it but the Almighty will,” he said.
Officials of the secondary department said a proposal to approve another 1,376 vacancies of graduate teachers in Golaghat, Nagaon, Barpeta, Sonitpur, Dibrugarh and Nalbari districts has been submitted for government approval. Appointments of teachers in secondary schools have come after almost a decade. In 2001, the secondary education department appointed 1,000 teachers with a fixed pay of Rs 2,500 which is still continuing. Sarma said this evening that there are also many vacancies in schools where the mediums are Bodo, Garo or other indigenous languages and teachers from other mediums are not equipped to teach the students. Sarma said: “We will be holding the tests in these mediums also.”