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ENSF demands fresh recruitments under SSA

Dimapur, Jul 20 (NPN)
Published on 21 Jul. 2011 1:23 AM IST
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Eastern Naga Students Federation (ENSF) flayed the state government and the school education department on the issue of ignoring notifications with regard to criteria for recruitment of teachers in the state for pre-primary (classes A & B); primary (classes 1-4),upper primary (classes 4-8). As per the criteria issued on January 4,2008, pre-primary teachers possess  10+2 with PSTE or Diploma in Early Education (ECE); primary  PU/10+2 and upper primary graduate with B.Ed as minimum requirement.
ENSF said when it saw the “lacunae in the policy” vis-à-vis the backward districts, the government modified the policy on October 27, 2008 wherein pre-primary, primary and Graduate teachers without required professional qualification of PSTE/B.Ed shall be done through screening district-wise with written and oral interview. However ENSF said it opposed the second line of the October 27,2008 letter wherein it mentioned that required qualification for pre-primary as 10+2 and not less than 45% for primary and graduate teachers.
The department modified its October 27,2008 letter on January 9,2009 after ENSF’s opposition where   all vacancies arising within Eastern Nagaland would be filled up by the six tribes and that no posts shall be transferred out of the districts along with the incumbent. The department also relaxed the requirement for the six tribes upto a period of ten years. ENSF pointed that relaxation was implemented only once in 2009. However, ENSF said, contrary to the government’s policies, the department had haphazardly changed it mid-way for recruitment of teachers vide its Dec 6,2010 notification. ENSF said it submitted two representations to the minister in-charge over the changed policy.
Subsequently, the department acceded to all the five-point charter of demands of the ENSF and accordingly issued a memorandum on February 18,2011with assurance to get the nod of the cabinet.  It questioned the recent retention and regularization of 403 GT(s) and 1157 PT(s) by the department for filling up existing vacancies under SSA.
It said, whereas, the centre had sanctioned vacancies under SSA school-wise. It pointed out that the department contradicted its own January 9,2009 notification by retaining, regularizing and deploying teachers to districts of Eastern Nagaland. It accused the department of scheming new modalities by not implementing the relaxation, to deprive educated unemployed youths of Eastern Nagaland so as to manipulate the newly created posts under SSA Nagaland.
ENSF said thousands of teachers from Easter Nagaland were transferred along with posts to other districts resulting in acute shortage of teachers and compromising the quality of education in the districts. Further ENSF said when this was pointed out, the state   government, asserted that the those transferred along with the posts cannot be reverted back to their original place of posting as the practice has been stopped except re-deployment within a district. ENSF said out of 20,000 teachers in Nagaland (both GT and PT) only 17.39% are from Eastern Nagaland (including teachers of non-Eastern Naga tribes).
Rejecting the recent retention, regularization and deployment of teachers from outside Eastern Nagaland into the six districts ENSF demanded fresh appointment of newly sanctioned posts under SSA be “authentically advertised and recruited through open recruitment, school-wise and district-wise as sanctioned by the government of India. Further, ENSF vice president Likhumse Sangtam and general secretary Changsang Soted demanded that the department issue directives on all recently retained and regularized teachers not to submit their joining reports as it has resolved to “strictly oppose” their deployment “under any circumstances.”

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