The central government has been taking up numerous steps to bring about reforms in the education sector of the country. However, some of such reforms pose grave threat to the community of teachers.
Such reforms have brought job insecurity to around 25,000 contractual teachers of Assam along with few other employees of the education department. Many states of the country have started the process of regularising the posts of contractual teachers; however, no such step can be seen in Assam.
Former Education Minister of Assam Himanta Biswa Sarma had increased the service years of contractual teachers by a period of 11 months.
It may be mentioned here that the centre has allotted a sum of Rs 75,000 crore for the development of education sector in the country; all states, however, have to contribute their shares.
The centre plans to merge the RMSA (Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan) and the SSA (Sarva Shiksha Abhiya). As such, the workforce shall be halved.
Contractual teachers have been demanding for regularisation of their jobs; however, the government has not given any clear decision on the issue.