TET teachers pitch for their charter of demands

SILCHAR, October 23: All Cachar TET Qualified Co–ordination Committee today submitted a memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister, Education Minister, Chief Secretary, Commissioner and Secretary to the Government of Assam, Director of State Elementary Education and the State Mission Co–ordinator, Assam, through the Deputy Commissioner of Cachar, demanding immediate disbursement of pending salary of the regularized TET qualified teachers, payment of Grade pay at Rs 3,300 per month, other pay benefits as admissible to graduate teachers, reposting of female TET teachers within 5 km from their respective residences, among others.
The memorandum signed by president Kalipada Das, general secretary Mahesh Chanda, vice president Indrajit Dev among others says that although their jobs were regularized in the month of June, they did not get the salary since July which has made their life ‘very miserable’. It adds that the teachers have been deployed at far flung areas from their residences and in order to reach the school every day, most of them have to spend a minimum amount of Rs 150 per day.
The memorandum says that the teachers who stay in rented houses are failing to pay the rent for the last three months which has created a disturbance affecting them to concentrate on their jobs. They requested the government to disburse their salary as soon as possible.
The members of the Committee also pitched for the regularization of the posts of contractual TET teachers who have been discharging their duties efficiently. The memorandum says that even after recruitment of TET teachers in June 2013 in the first phase, more than one hundred regular posts of Assistant Teachers in Lower Primary schools and around 40 regular posts of Assistant Teachers and five posts of Science teachers in Upper Primary schools of the district remain vacant following the resignation of TET teachers, who were appointed in LP and UP schools but resigned as they joined High Schools after clearing the TET examinations. Under such situation, the members of the Committee requested the government to publish the second list of candidates to fill up those regular posts from the contractual TET teachers working under Sarva Sikhsha Abhiyan (SSA), who also appeared in the district level scrutiny held in last February.
The Committee also demanded that the government should pay annual increment at 3 per cent of Basic Pay with effective from July 1 as they had already completed more than one year of service on contractual engagement under SSA.
Moreover, the memorandum points out that as per the advertisement issued from the office of the State Mission Co–ordinator, Assam, the essential qualification for the post of Assistant Teachers in Social Science in Upper Primary schools was kept as graduate in any discipline and BEd as a preferable qualification. The same qualification was required for AT in Science and Mathematics in both Lower and Upper Primary schools. It was also the required qualification for the teacher (graduate) post. The Committee demanded that like other graduate teachers working as AT (Science and Mathematics), the TET qualified graduate teachers working as AT (Social Science) in Upper Primary and Lower Primary schools should also be provided with Grade Pay at Rs 3,300 per month. In view of the rape incident of a female TET teacher at Dalgaon, the Co–ordination Committee demanded to make proper arrangements for reposting of women teachers working in remote areas of the district within a distance of 5 km from their respective residences. (Source: SentinelAssam)