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Thousands of TET qualified teachers facing job uncertainty in Assam
Thousands of state Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) qualified teachers in Assam, reportedly, have been facing job uncertainty due to the apathy of the government.

The TET was held for the first time in the state in 2012 for appointment of the teachers in the government-aided Lower Primary (LP) and Upper Primary (UP) schools. Subsequently, more than 12 thousands qualified teachers were appointed in contractual posts under the Sarba Sikhsa Abhijan Mission, Assam. Later some of them got regular appointment.

On the other hand, the state government continued to hold the TET till last year and gave contractual appointment to the qualified candidates. As a result around 30 thousand TET qualified teachers have got appointment in the government aided schools in the state. However, majority of them are yet to get regular appointment that has created not only despair among the teachers, but also made their lives uncertain.

The BJP had given promise the contractual teachers to give them regular appointment prior to the last assembly elections held in 2016. But after formation of the government the BJP-led regime has abstained from regularisation of the services of the majority contractual TET teachers, alleged an aggrieved teacher.

"We were given contractual appointment in 2012 and directed to do DLeD. As per the government notification we have completed the basic teacher training course. But our services are yet to be regularised", the teacher said.

The teacher alleged that they are not getting payment in accordance with the recommendations of the seventh pay commission due to non-regularisation of the services. They have also been denied other facilities like bank-loan unlike the permanent government servants.

The teacher said, "We are getting lesser amount of salary unlike the permanent government school teachers despite the fact that we have equal qualifications like them. The government has deprived us. No concrete step has taken by the government to solve our problems. If the government does not formulate policy to regularise our services then some of us would remain as contractual teachers till their retirement. Apart from this some of us already crossed the limit of age criterion."

The contractual TET teachers' organisation of the state has staged protests from time to time demanding regularisation of the services with no heed from the government. The government's apathy has pushed the agitating teachers to a state of hopelessness.

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