All Nagaland Pre-Service Teachers’ Association (ANPSTA), on behalf of all the Pre service Teacher Education (PSTE) trained personnel, has strongly opposed the recruitment norms of graduate and primary teachers announced by state school education department and demanded that its grievances be redressed within seven days.
In a representation to the state additional chief secretary school education, the ANPSTA president Namdwa Kulimbe and general secretary Zonyenlo Cheng Thursday questioned the school education department’s recruitment of graduate and primary teachers, that offered relaxation for professional qualification i.e. candidate belonging to all tribes, on the condition that a candidate on selection obtain professional qualification within two or five years.
Strongly opposing the decision taken by state government for appointment of primary teachers, the ANPSTA demanded to conduct interviews only from amongst the PSTE diploma/certificate holders or appoint only the PSTE trained teachers on merit cum seniority (batch wise).
The ANPSTA questioned the responsible authority why it was so eager to appoint “untrained candidates” when there was sufficient number of PSTE trained personnel, produced every year by the government teachers training institutions.
“Is it wise to appoint untrained candidate keeping aside the trained teachers?” the signatories further queried and pointed out that currently there was 1044 PSTE trained teachers whereas the vacant posts being created by the department was far less than the number of trained professional.
“So why invite and encourage untrained candidates which only create more problems rather than solving,” it further asked.
The ANPSTA also provided statistics/data of the latest tribe wise PSTE trained teachers presently registered at the SCERT. The list of PSTE trained teachers (tribe wise) include: Ao-127; Angami-100; Chakesang-40; Lotha-29; Pochury-07; Gorkha-01; Kuki-03; Rongmei-03; Rengma-18; Sumi-37; Zeliang-18; Khiamniungan-01; Yimchunger-02; Sangtam-19; Chang-14; Phom-18 and Konyak-02 with a total of 439.
The ANPSTA cautioned that it would be compelled to take further steps unless state government stick to the norm framed by National Council for Teachers Education (NCTE) for recruitment of primary teachers.