Agartala: Tripura TET Teachers Welfare Association (TTTWA) on Thursday served an ultimatum of 15 days to the BJP-IPFT coalition government in the state for regularizing existing TET qualified teachers in government service since December 2016 after implementation of the Right to Education act.
The Association claimed that no other state governments across the country have been paying TET qualified teachers under a fixed pay scale. Tripura has become an exceptional case as the policy was framed by the previous Left Front government and the present BJIP-IPFT coalition government has not yet changed for regularizing TET teachers in service from the first day.
Speaking with reporters at Agartala Press Club on Thursday afternoon, Secretary of TTTWA Ajoy Paul said “The Association has been repeatedly trying to convince the minister in-charge of Education and Finance departments along with Chief Minister regarding regularization of TET qualified teachers who are doing service, despite assurances of speedy regularizations we are still deprived. Even for the last two years, documents with the signatures of about 2,000 teachers were handed over to the Chief Minister for this regularization”.
“The Tripura TET Teachers Welfare Association has been struggling for five years with the demand of regularization of TET teachers. This present government is also carrying the policy of deprivation of the previous Left Front government. The organization is strongly opposing such move of the government”, he added.
Ajoy said “On Tuesday last, the council of ministers in the cabinet meeting of Tripura decided to regularize TET qualified SSA teachers, even the state government has paid full salaries to those who used to work as teachers at lower basic and higher basic levels in all education despite many of them despite their qualification secondary pass, respecting the principle of equal pay for their work. That is a commendable work of the government. The government has respected Article 39D of the Constitution and enforced it in the state”.
On behalf of the Association, the secretary questioned do these teachers after completion of academic and professional qualifications like B.Ed and D.El.Ed and achieving a high rank in the TET examination have any value for the state government. The government can provide a regular scale to the teachers of Samagra Siksha by taking the TET exam, but where is the crime of those who have been appointed with all the qualifications from the first day? Why two different fruits of the same journey? Where is the difficulty in understanding by the government?
He further said “We would like to add one more thing to the policy of regularization introduced by the government with the teachers of all education. Since 2016, many teachers of all education schemes, CRP, BRP, and Academic Co-ordinator have passed the TET examination and have been appointed as UGT, STGT, STPGT teachers under the state government. Why didn’t the government think of them? Do they have to knock on the door of the high court again for their rights?”