TET teachers stage protest

Teachers at the protest in Agartala on Monday. Picture by Abhisek Saha

Agartala: Nearly 200 teachers eligibility test (TET)-qualified schoolteachers of poll-bound Tripura held a four-hour protest seeking regularisation of their services here on Monday.

Over 3,500 candidates who cleared TET in different categories were inducted since 2017.

The Supreme Court passed a verdict in March terminating 10,323 graduate, post-graduate and under-graduate teachers terming the recruitment process “unconstitutional”.

The state government subsequently issued notification for filling up 14,000 vacant teaching posts, of which around 3,500 were inducted till date.

Speaking to this correspondent, Tripura TET Teachers’ Welfare Association secretary Rajesh Dutta said they were recruited on a year’s contract in September.

The schoolteacher claimed that there were no provisions for contract recruitment even after passing TET in the Right to Education Act or NCTE guidelines.

He said his organisation are asking for only regularisation of their jobs.

Asked why others did not join the agitation, Dutta said many of his colleagues were under “administrative and political pressure” that forced them to stay away from the protest.

“Many of them were not granted leave to join the agitation,” he said.

A large section of teachers under Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhiyan (RMSA) is also seeking regularisation of service.

Debraj Deb Telegraph India

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