The Teachers’ Eligibility Test (TET) qualified teachers of Assam on Saturday staged a massive protest in the Veterinary College field in Khanapara, Guwahati demanding regularisation of their contractual jobs.
Thousands of TET qualified teachers took part in the ‘Dispur Chalo’ protest. Besides demanding regularisation of their jobs, they also condemned Assam Education Minister for not properly addressing their issues.
“The government has compelled us to take to the streets. It is shameful for the government that instead of teaching the students, we are now protesting for our rights,” said a teacher.
It may be mentioned here that there are approximately 41,000 contractual TET qualified teachers working in the State. “We demand unconditional regularisation of our jobs,” said another teacher.
However, there has been an internal-rift among the protesting TET qualified teachers. The president of All Assam Primary TET Teachers Association (AAPTTA), Padmalochan Doley, resigned from his post on Friday. Also SC-ST Teachers ’Association along with some other teachers’ associations have not participated in the protest organised today.
Meanwhile, Guwahati Commissioner of Police, Deepak Kumar visited the protesting teachers at the Veterinary field. The protesters handed over a memorandum to the Education Department via the Commissioner.