C Times, 22 August 2017, Agartala
Congress MLA Ratan Lal Nath demanded the resignation of Education Minister Tapan Chakraborty owing the responsibility of failing to massive awareness campaign for imparting training of untrained teachers as acquiring the minimum qualification.
Mr Nath said at a press meet in Agartala Press Club that, “If he does not quit, Chief Minister Manik Sarkar should sack the Education Minister or it will be assumed that the latter has support in suppressing the golden opportunity to save the job of untrained teachers.”
While speaking to the reporter on Monday afternoon, Mr Nath squarely lambasted the procrastination of the state government in having elementary teachers trained and qualified through an initiative of Centre.
Mr Nath said the Parliament passed an amendment of Right to Education Act 2009 unopposed on August 1 giving a chance to the untrained teachers of states to save their job. Under the amendment, there will be the last chance to undergo training and acquire minimum educational qualification (50%) for elementary level.
The bill had been passed by Parliament unanimously on August 1 and letter to statement Centre was sent on August 3. Tripura government sat over the issue doing nothing required to be done until today, but the letter from Centre stated clearly that unless the untrained teachers enrolled themselves by September 15 and attained the requisite qualification by March 31, 2019, they would be in for dismissal from service, said Congress MLA.
Mr Nath also added, “If this is not done by the stipulated time, untrained teacher and not having minimum qualification under RTA-2009 will face termination after April 1, 2019, the letter said.”
The state is having around 42,764 teachers in all category schools, government, government aided and private. Of the total teachers, around 82 percent are untrained.
Mr Nath pointed that, “This will not give them to undergo training but also provide a chance to enhance their educational qualification. It means twin opportunities for the untrained teachers.”