Nagaland teachers appointed before Sept 3, 2001 exempted from TET

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HT Correspondent

Dimapur, Sept 5: As directed by the ministry of human resources development, it has been informed that teachers from Nagaland who were appointed before September 3, 2001 are exempted from TET.

Announcing this during the state-level Teachers’ Day celebration at NBCC Convention Hall, Kohima on Tuesday, Nagaland minister for school education Tokheho Yepthomi lauded the teachers for making unknown sacrifices without expectations or rewards. “We were all students once, the significance of teachers is felt more when they are no longer in our lives,” he said.

Tokheho also stated there are lots of challenges in education department and urged the teachers to strive and commit to impart and ignite quality education since there is a large number of educated unemployed Nagas. He asked them to instill dignity of labour and to look beyond government jobs. The minister also stated that tough decisions needed to be taken as “We have to displease a few and rescue lakhs of students and our future. We cannot allow what is happening at the present moment.”

He further announced that in view of the Teacher’s Day celebrations, the Government of Nagaland has declared September 6 this year as holiday for all the schools. Delivering the welcome address, Principal Director, School Education, Smita Sarangi, said while parents play an important role in shaping the lives of their children, it is the teachers who are endowed with the greater role for they shape and bring up generations.

Meanwhile, with the school education department facing acute shortage of teachers in Government schools, the State Government has initiated the process of redeploying teachers attached in offices.

The government has detected over 700 teachers attached with offices and officers, which is stated to be illegal. In this regard, Minister for School Education Tokheho Yepthomi has written letters to all ministers, parliamentary secretaries, advisors and MLAs over the government’s decision to redeploy all those teachers to their respective schools.

Most of the teachers transferred out of their schools and attached with offices and top government officers were done through political hands. In school education directorate alone there are 76 teachers attached, state mission office RMSA and State Mission Authority Office SSA – 64, DEO and SDEO offices in the districts and sub-divisions – 551 and teachers attached with VIPs – 43. The 734 teachers are not performing their original duty and this has created problem in the functioning of government schools.

The Minister has requested Naga lawmakers to bear and cooperate with the department while undergoing the process of redeployment of attached teachers to their respective place of posting for smooth functioning of schools. This redeployment has been the long demand of student organisations led by the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) but so far the government had failed to comply with the demand. Many teachers were also sent to other departments on deputation and never return to their department.

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