Bhattacharya to hold talks with TET teachers

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HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, June 19:A day after statewide protests by the TET qualified teachers, Assam education minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya on Wednesday said he would hold talks with the TET teachers who have been demanding regularisation of their jobs.

Bhattacharya has called for a meeting with the leaders of protesting TET qualified teachers on June 28.

Earlier, Bhattacharya announced that the validity of the TET certificates would be extended and the TET qualified teachers need not have to reappear in TET examinations as they have already initiated paper works to extend the validity of their certificates.

“I have kept things very clear. If they violate and infringe the rights of the students ensuring their rights, it would never be tolerated. TET examination has not been conducted since 2012. The TET certificate has a validity period of seven years. Those who are in service will continue to work but if someone wants to join any other job, they should have the qualification”, Bhattacharya said.

More than 12,000 qualified teachers were appointed in contractual basis under the Sarba Sikhsa Abhijan Mission, while some of them got regular appointments, a majority of them are yet to get regular appointments creating job insecurity among the teachers.

On June 18, more than 41,000 TET qualified teachers under the banner of All Assam Primary TET Teachers Association staged sit-in-demonstration in front of the offices of deputy commissioners in each district headquarters of the state to register their protest against Bhattacharya’s ‘driving license’ comment.

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