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Sit-in demonstration by ANPSTA
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUN 22 (NPN):
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Published on 23 Jun. 2010 12:46 AM IST
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Pre-service teachers from across Nagaland staged a sit-in demonstration outside directorate of school education complex, old MLA, Kohima Tuesday, demanding government to comply by recruitment norms of elementary teachers framed by National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE).
The association, June 15 last, had decided to initiate first-phase agitation. The association had also resolved that its agitation would follow to the extent of “fast unto death” till its genuine demands were fulfilled.
The pre-service teachers, striking under the banner of All Nagaland pre-service teachers’ association (ANPSTA), which submitted a memorandum to school education director, pointed out that government should stick to the Right to Education Act 2009, which stated that there should no appointment of untrained teachers in all government/government aided or un-aided schools in the country.
The ANPSTA memo also stated that despite its repeated demands, the authority was not implementing the norms framed by the NCTE, which was mandatory for all states.
The NCTE directive states that recruitment of teachers should be in conformity with the qualification prescribed by the NCTE, which is: a minimum educational qualification of 10+2 or PU with PSTE or diploma in ECE for pre-primary or classes A&B; and minimum qualification of PU/ 10+2 with PSTE for class I to IV.
The representatives of the association, who later met commissioner and secretary school education Mhathung Kithan, submitted the same memorandum to him.
The commissioner and secretary assured that department would appoint trained teachers in the state within one or two months.
Kithan assured that government would create 2000 teacher posts exclusively for trained teachers. Informing that Nagaland at present has about 1000 trained teachers, the commissioner and secretary said it would need more trained teachers.
However, the association informed that it would continue with its demands until a “clear cut notification” was issued by government to recruit only trained teachers.
Meanwhile, the association cautioned that it would be compelled to take further steps by banning all DIETs and training institutes if government failed to meet its requests. It also expressed hope that government would do justice to the trained teachers.
Other demands included 100% job guarantee and teacher post of any resultant vacancy be allotted to PSTE trained personnel; recruitment be done on merit cum seniority basis from amongst PSTE trained personnel; PSTE trained teachers be exempted from overage till they enter into government service and that all newly created posts and resultant vacancies be openly advertised, seeking requisite qualification as per the norms of recruitment policy of elementary teachers.

 
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