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Teachers’ job rules flouted

Agartala, Dec. 28: The Left Front government in Tripura has decided to recruit 4,606 primary schoolteachers allegedly in violation of norms set by New Education Policy 2009. A final decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of the state cabinet on Thursday night.

Briefing reporters on the decision, minister for school education Tapan Chakraborty said the state government is in no position to wait for clearance from Union ministry of human resource development because the last recruitment to posts of primary schoolteachers was made in 1997.

“Many schools in the state are suffering from a lack of adequate number of teachers and unless we make the recruitment now, it will be almost impossible to run all the primary schools,” said Tapan Chakraborty.

The cabinet decision on recruitment of primary schoolteachers has sparked a controversy with former leader of the Opposition Ratanlal Nath describing the move as “cadre rehabilitation”.

After the last recruitment in 1997, the Left Front government took interviews for recruiting primary school teachers in 2002, 2006 and 2009. But actual recruitments could not take place.

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