Irked, Assam teachers add ‘driver’ before their names – Times of India


GUWAHATI: BJP’s ‘ Main Bhi Chowkidar‘ campaign to counter Congress’ ‘ Chowkidar Chor Hai‘ chant seems to have inspired contractual government school teachers in Assam to prefix ‘Driver’ to their names in protest against education minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya’s remark that those who received their teaching certificates more than five years ago would need to renew their credentials just like driving licences.
Hundreds of contractual teachers who had qualified for jobs by clearing the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) joined an agitation across the district headquarters on Monday to condemn the minister’s statement and demand regularisation of contractual teaching jobs.
“The education minister has demeaned the qualifications of TET teachers by comparing them with driving licences. If Bhattacharyya cannot give due respect to the teachers, it will destroy the education sector,” the Sodou Asom Prathamik TET Uttirna Sikhyak Samaj, the coordination committee of TET qualified primary teachers, said in a statement.
The backlash started on social media, with scores of teachers prefixing ‘Driver’ to their names, reminiscent of what BJP leaders and their supporters had done ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. Around 40,000 contractual teachers across Assam have long been demanding regularisation of their jobs, something the BJP had promised them in the run-up to the 2016 Assembly elections.
The state government’s decision to hold TET again next September has amplified the concerns of those who cleared the examinations but are still awaiting regularisation of their posts.
“Disclaimer – This story is not been edited by ViralAssam Staff and is auto-generated from syndicated feed”


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