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Opinion on PGST post and reservation
Published on 20 Nov. 2009 12:13 AM IST
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With regard to the advertisement of post graduate subject teacher (PGST) published on 7th November in local dailies, we want to share some of our opinions. It was mentioned that the candidates should have a 2nd class master degree and at the same a B.Ed degree holder. There will be hardly any Naga students who have done both PG and B.Ed degrees in any of the mentioned subjects. The reason is that most of the students either pursue for further studies like M.Phil, Ph.D after completing their PG or start preparing for competitive exams. Why is it so? Because it’s been only a year or two that B.Ed has been made mandatory for government teachers and that is the reason why many students have not done B.Ed. The shocking thing is that the backward tribes besides getting 25% reservation are given relaxation from possessing B.Ed degree. This is injustice to other tribes. If this is going to be the criteria, then almost all the posts will be filled in by candidates belonging to the backward tribes. Few days back, some students have also complained about the same matter and have requested the NPSC that those students belonging to the forward tribes should also be given time like those candidates belonging to backward tribes to complete their B.Ed degree after selection. We feel that the appeal to give time to all the candidates is fine because it takes only a year or two to complete B.Ed and therefore it is not difficult to complete B.Ed even if the person is working as a teacher.This is a very serious issue and therefore we request the NPSC to kindly look into the matter at the earliest ie, before 30th of this month as it is the last date of submission of forms. Tako Lkr, Tokishe Yeptho, Ashan Lotha, 5th Mile. With reference to the advertisement dated 7th November’09 published in local dailies for the post of PGST, we would like to draw the attention of the authority for necessary consideration and remedial measure. As some has already given their opinion with regard to NPSC advertisement on the post of PGST, we would also like to suggest that since there are very few post graduates with B.Ed against the vacancies created by the department of school education as such it is felt it would not be fair to conduct exam where the number of vacancies is more against the number of the applicants. It is therefore, humbly suggested that the criteria for the qualification of PGST be added with teachings experience for those without B.Ed with certain minimum length of teaching experience at higher secondary level and above. Teaching experience is also one of the important criteria in the field of teaching. So, all vacancies should be filled through NPSC exam without back door appointment. We also like to give our opinion regarding reservation. This is just a suggestion for everyone. Hope everybody will think in broad mind. We are not against 33% reservation, this reservation is for them and they deserve it because 33% reservation is not only in education department but it is applicable in all the departments. But what we would like to mention is that, if they have 33% reservation with them, then why they are relaxed for another 5 years to obtain B.Ed degree. So we would like to ask all fellow PGST candidates and Nagas to give their opinion regarding the above mentioned points. Pele, Lanu, Kohima.

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