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TET teachers of Assam: Their future security

Sivasagar, Prangan Duarah: With a vision to improve the standard of teaching in Government school and to bring a change in the teaching quality, the Government of India introduced Teachers Eligibility Test (TET). It was held for the first time in 2011 which was conducted by the Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhiyan (RMSA).

TET became an essential qualification to become a teacher under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009, mainly to ensure that those recruited possess the essential aptitude and ability to meet the challenges of teaching at the primary and upper primary level. Along with the other state, Assam government has also conducted TET in collaboration with Sarva Shiksa Abhiyan Mission, Assam. This exam brings hope to people of Assam, especially to the educated unemployed youth. And over the past five years, thousands of candidates qualified this exam. As, we all know that how slow our government processes in education department.  So, after qualifying this exam they have to struggle for the month and sometimes for years to get their appointment letter for the teaching job. Most of the qualified teachers are appointed in remote villages; therefore, again they have to struggle for their accommodation and all.

Here I want to clear one point that I am not offending the appointment of teachers in remote villages because we need to build our villages strong, but the point is that it is better if anyone get the appointment in their nearby village or school so that they can sustain. Even in their teaching period they have to struggle a lot. The reason is obvious; there are examples of hundreds of schools in Assam which do not have a proper roof and not even a proper road to the school. But after these struggles the TET teachers engaged purely on merit basis in different schools across the state is hanging in a balance till now. It is still not clear whether they would be appointed on the regular basis or not after the expiry of their contractual term. A survey revealed that thousands of posts of regular teachers in various government schools are lying vacant across the state. But, our state government has not filled up this vacancy till date. And along with these all issues they are still struggling with their salaries. Now, new government brings hope for these teachers. Hope this new government will solve this problem as soon as possible because we all know the importance of a teacher in a society.

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