State administration rejects demand of serving teachers to treat posts where guest teachers are deployed as vacant and available for promotion
Virtually rejecting the demand of the serving teachers, the state administration has cleared that the posts of lecturers where guest teachers are deployed would not be treated as vacant for promotions. It virtually means that there is no immediate threat over the jobs of guest teachers of the state.
The secretary, school education, R Meenakshi Sundaram told The Pioneer that the posts where guest teachers would be included in the list of vacant seats where promotions of Lecturer Teachers (LT) to Lecturers would be done. He said that the department has enough vacant posts and non-inclusion of posts where guest teachers are serving would have no adverse impact on promotional avenues of serving teachers. Sundaram said that the guest teachers have been appointed recently and it would not be proper to show them exit now. He however added that the guest teachers are purely temporary and would be removed from their positions when the department gets teachers either by direct recruitment or by promotions.
After the order of the Supreme Court (SC) which allowed the state government to recruit guest teachers, the state administration recruited 3800 such teachers on vacant posts of lecturers and LTs in the month of March 2020. Meanwhile the department also initiated the stalled process of promotions. The Rajkeeya Shikshak Sangh (RSS), the association of Lecturers and LTs is now demanding that the posts where the guest teachers are appointed should be counted as vacant for promotions. Though the promotional avenues of serving teachers are not affected by non inclusion of posts where guest teachers are working, these teachers are annoyed at the fact that many guest teachers are appointed in schools which are in accessible areas.
The general secretary of the RSS, Sohan Singh Majila said that the promotions of teachers should have been done in May 2019 itself. “The problem would not have occurred had the department completed the process of promotions on time. The department should have first completed the promotion process and then should have appointed guest teachers on vacant posts,’’ he said. The association of serving lecturers and LTs is now planning to move to the HC on the issue.
Saturday, 25 July 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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