Close on the heels of the statement made by Adviser school education department K. Tokugha Sukhalu that centre had frozen funds for Hindi Teachers since most did not fulfill the required eligibility, the All Nagaland Hindi Teachers’ Union (ANHTU) maintained that a total of 1379 Hindi teachers were recruited under Centrally-Sponsored Scheme (CSS) after fulfilling the criteria through both written and oral examinations in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
ANHTU president Ruchunlo Tep asserted that since the Hindi Teachers were recruited only after fulfilling all criteria they were therefore eligible.
Speaking to Nagaland Post over the phone, Tep advertisement for recruitment was done on January 10,2012 after cabinet decision which mentioned the eligi-bility criteria of either under graduate or graduate for various posts.
Out of 1379 posts, 1312 posts were vacant for undergraduate teachers and 67 posts for graduate teachers.
He pointed out that for undergraduate teacher, the eligibility criteria was PU/HSSLC/diploma or its equivalent in Hindi at 45% mark from any recognized university/board (from Hindi medium of instruction).
For graduate teachers’ eligibility was graduated or its equivalent in Hindi with 45% mark from any recognized University/ institution for graduate posts (from Hindi medium instruction).
On the adoption of National Council for Teachers Education (NCTE) norms, Tep mentioned that the adoption of the norms was made in the year 2017, and at the time of appointing the 1379 CSS Hindi teachers NCTE norms was not adopted.
After adoption of NCTE norms, he said the state government announced a five-year relaxation period (2022-2027), for the untrained Hindi teachers to undergo training and fulfill the NCTE criteria.
Later Nagaland Post interacted with some Hindi teachers, who spoke on condition of anonymity as they feared punitive action by the government.
The teachers said they were appointed after fulfilling all criteria but have not been paid salary since the past four months. They said this was a feature 2015.
Another undergraduate teacher remarked “At present, the state has only one training centre for Hindi, Central Institute of Hindi (CIH) located at half Nagarjan, Dimapur”.
The UG Teacher claimed that he has not been selected to undergo training de-spite having applied four times and despite the school education department issuing orders on teachers to undergo the training.
Another graduate Hindi teacher who underwent training claimed that eligibility for recruitment to the vacant post of Hindi teachers was made very clear that only after fulfilling the criteria were they made to sit for the said post.
He said the allegation that most had not met the required eligibility cannot be an excuse to not release salary for so many months.
The teacher said though they had not been paid salary, yet the teachers contin-ued to fulfill their duties. However, non-payment of salary has caused a huge mental agony and also affected their work. “I think the government does not realize that my salary is a human right which they cannot deprive me of”, he said.