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Engagement letter to 11,648 TET teachers distributed CM calls upon newly recruited teachers to play the role of reformer

Engagement letter to 11,648 TET teachers distributed

Engagement letter to 11,648 TET teachers distributed

Dispur, Sept 8: "Teaching is a noble profession and teachers are the guiding force of a civilized society. Your engagement into the elementary education today entrust tremendous responsibility upon you to groom a new generation to be able and ideal citizen. Wherever you are posted, try to discover the area and devote yourself to make it an ideal place. You need to don the mantle of a reformer and work for creating a better society".

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said this while ceremoniously distributing engagement letters to 11,648 TET qualified teachers in a programme held at Veterinary College Playground at Khanapara in the city today. The newly recruited teachers have been appointed under the scheme "Strengthening Elementary Education of Assam". The programme was organized by Elementary Education Department, Government of Assam in collaboration with Krishna Kanta Handique State Open University (KKHSOU).

Urging the new teachers to take their profession as a service to humanity as they are engaged in the job of developing human resources, Sonowal advised them to maintain discipline, punctuality and character while executing their responsibility. "Develop your school as the most attractive place of your locality and work for instilling the spirit of unity, harmony and brotherhood amongst your students following the ideals of the stalwarts who enriched Assamese society", the Chief Minister quipped.

He also called for joint initiative by all four pillars of democracy to foster peace and harmony in the society. "We need harmony, not conflict and all of us join hands together to strengthen Assam", Sonowal commented.

Stating that absence of positive mind-set is a major deterrent to state's development, the Chief Minister also asked the teachers to inculcate positive attitude amongst the students. "Talk to students about honesty, sincerity and the power of positivity", Sonowal said adding that the newly recruited teachers must work to promote bio-diversity in their educational institutions. He also urged the teachers to acknowledge the contributions of adi guru (parents), shiksha guru (teachers) and dharma guru (spiritual teacher) in their life and always be respectful to them.

The Chief Minister also talked about youth led development as envisaged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and launching of various programmes like Skill India, Start-up India, Digital India etc. He also informed that state government has given maximum importance to skilling the youth and is taking up steps for setting up skill development centres at different parts of the state. Sonowal also mentioned that state government's fight against corruption will continue and no corrupt person will be spared.

Education Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma while delivering his speech said that the government created 12,800 additional posts to make way for appointment of the 11,648 teachers today as the validity of their TET qualification will expire on 15th September, 2017. He further stated that posts for the new teachers are created under state pool and their appointment is not regular or under Sarba Shiksha Abhijan. The new teachers will also not get salary in parity with the TET teachers appointed under SSA. While the newly recruited primary teachers will get Rs. 20,000 per month, upper primary teachers will get Rs. 22,000 per month as salary. The new teachers will be absorbed as regular teacher or under SSA in the days to come and their salary will also be enhanced, he said.

Stating the ceremony as a significant moment in the history of Assam, the Education Minister said that altogether 31,510 TET teachers have been appointed by the government during last one year. He mentioned that out of these teachers, 13,020 have been appointed on regular basis. Dr. Sarma also said that 90,043 candidates qualified TET examination held in six phases in the state and around 95% of the qualified candidates have been given appointment as teachers.

Further saying that there is common allegation about deterioration in the quality of service of the TET teachers, Dr. Sarma advised them to work with dedication and sincerity. He also said that no transfer request would be entertained and geo-fencing technology would be introduced to record the attendance of teachers. Further mandatory requirement of D.Ed and B.Ed Degree for engagement as teachers was also stated by the Education Minister who advised the teachers to register with National Institute of Open Schooling for obtaining the degree failing which the state government would take steps for their enrolment in the B.Ed degree course under KKHSOU.

Minister of State for Power, Revenue etc. Pallab Lochan Das and Vice Chancellor of KKHSOU Dr. Hitesh Deka also spoke on the occasion.

MLAs Pijush Hazarika, Rituparna Baruah, Commissioner & Secretary of Education Department Pritom Saikia and MD SSA Aruna Rajouria were present among others on the occasion.