Monday, August 8, 2022

All Nagaland Graduate Teachers’ Forum urges DoSE to keep proposed Limited Departmental Exam on hold

All Nagaland Graduate Teachers’ Forum (ANGTF) has urged Department of School Education (DoSE) to keep in abeyance its proposal on Limited Departmental Exam (LDE) till such time ongoing revision of department service rules was completed.
In a representation to DoSE commissioner & secretary, forum’s general secretary Temjenyapang, adviser Ponchulo Wanth and convener Kekuolhouthie stated that due to presence of various inherent anomalies in Nagaland School Education Service Rules, 2017, employees’ associations of the department had demanded its review. Thereafter, after a series of consultative meetings on the issue, the State government had on March 21, 2018 decided to set up a Review Committee to review the service rules.
However, due to Covid-19 pandemic, the revision of the service rules could not be completed in time and the exercise was still currently on. The trio therefore requested the commissioner & secretary to keep the proposal on LDE in abeyance till such time the revision of service rules was completed.
Further, they pointed out that the seniority list of graduate teachers (GTs) was under preparation in DoSE. So long GT seniority list was under preparation, they reasoned that there could be no basis to determine the actual seniority of GTs. And since the list could not be finalised to date, they said they did not know who was senior or junior in the list and who were eligible for the proposed LDE because some GTs did not have both appointment and regularisation orders.
Moreover, the forum leaders said the professional degree of B Ed in the proposal was made equivalent to pre-service teacher education (PSTE) programmes and Diploma in Elementary Education (D El Ed), which was unbecoming and unacceptable since the hard-earned professional degree of B Ed had been compromised from the purview of the proposal. They also brought to the notice of the commissioner & secretary that the posts of AHM/JEO were the immediate higher posts for trained GTs to be filled up through promotion, adding the post of GT was the feeder post AHM/JEO in the department’s promotion hierarchy.
Hence, they insisted that AHM/JEO post could not be reserved for PT/PGT, etc, through exam or by other means. Doing so, they warned would lead to supersession and encroachment of GTs’ promotional avenues. Over and above this, the nature of appointment, the cadre, nature/level of work and scale pay of PT & GT were different.
Therefore, clubbing up of these two cadres in the proposal would create lot of complications in service matters in future, they warned.
The ANGTF leaders mentioned that since the creation of DoSE in 1964, there was not a single case of an AHM vacancy being filled up through Nagaland Public Service Commission (NPSC) exam. They claimed that the vacant AHM posts were being filled up through promotion of GTs with B Ed on seniority. Thus, in order to avoid supersession and deliver natural justice to all, they demanded that existing vacancies of AHM/JEO should be filled up though promotion of senior GTs who possessed the professional degree and not by LDE to be conducted by NPSC as proposed by the department.
If at all it was necessary for department to initiate LDE, they urged the authority concerned to carry it out only after backlog cases of GT promotion were cleared because there were around 300 AHM posts that were currently lying vacant in the department even as senior GTs (who had served for 25-30 years) were overdue for promotion.
In view of the above facts and circumstances, the forum leaders appealed to commissioner & secretary to put the LDE proposal in abeyance till such time revision of Nagaland School Education Service Rules, 2017 and preparation of GT seniority list were completed and proper streamlining done in service matters in the larger interest of the teaching community. Meeting on Aug 4: All Nagaland Graduate Teachers Forum (ANGTF) has called for a meeting on August 4 at CANSSEA office Kohima at 11 a.m. to discuss about the Limited Departmental Exam (LDE) to be conducted by NPSC.
ANGTF said all Graduate Teachers who do not wish to appear for the said exam have been asked to attend the meeting without fail. For further details, the forum can be contacted at—9436215297, 9436650749, 93788134182.


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