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Selected teachers seek job letters

Kohima, Sept. 19: Hundreds of selected teachers, who have not been issued appointment letters, today took to the streets in Kohima to express their resentment and disappointment.

Altogether 2,500 candidates had cleared the teachers’ recruitment test conducted in June under the department of school education but because of a case filed by a few who were not selected, the court had given a stay order.

The unsuccessful candidates, who had filed case in the court, argued that only trained persons should be recruited as teachers. But the selected teachers have rebutted that trained persons who had appeared in the recruitment test but could not qualify, did not have the right to claim the appointment.

According to the Centre’s education policy, only trained persons should be appointed teachers in schools. But it does not befit well with the situation in the state where there is acute shortage of teachers. The selected teachers marched with placards from Razhu Point to Raj Bhavan and later to the chief minister’s official residence to submit a representation demanding immediate issue of appointment letters.

In a representation, the selected teachers demanded that their appointment must be effective from the date of their undertaking, that is, June 11, 2012. It said undue preferences were given to the trained degree holders. “There were no qualifying criteria for the trained candidates. However, there was a cut-off of 45 per cent aggregate for the untrained candidates. In the written and oral examination, 33 per cent of the total marks was allotted from the professional course,” the representation signed by convener Alam Jamir and general secretary, Sedevilhou Victor Angami, stated.

Over 300 employees in the PHE department have begun agitation demanding regularisation of the service of those who had worked for more than 15 years. The All Nagaland Field Staff Association has demanded the Naga People’s Front government to live up to its commitment. The employees in PWD and department of power have also demanded for regularisation of their service.

The Nagaland Contractors and Suppliers Union is also on agitation for more than one month demanding release of their pending bills. But the government has constituted a special investigation team to scrutinise the bogus and fake bills. However, the union has rejected the special team.