Jammu, August 13: In the process of streamlining the existing education system in the state, the education department has now ordered verification of degrees of all the working masters and general line teachers who have received education from some shady distance mode.
The department has decided to broaden its ‘investigation’ after it ordered verification of degree certificates of the Rehbar-e-Taleem (ReT) teachers who have suspicious testimonials under the ambit of verification ‘to clean the system’.
The verification of degrees and introduction of screening test for the ReT teachers has already sparked off a massive debate across the state.
As per the order issued by the Education Department, the CEOs of all districts have been designated as the Nodal Officers for verification of certificates. The verification of such certificates would be completed within seven days, the order stated.
The government of our state annually spends over Rs 5,400 crores on the education provided in 24,265 government schools by 1,43,103 teachers. But the degree of performance of the government schools has remained far below than private schools.
“Efforts are being made to streamline the existing education set up in the state. We are complying with the High Court order. The decision has been taken in the larger interest of the people,” said Naeem Akhter, Education Minister.
“All Chief Education Officers have been directed to furnish the profile and qualification of the teaching staff, including masters, teachers and ReTs, working in their respective districts,” said a senior official of the Education Department, quoting an official order.
The official said the department had decided to widen its verification process because there were complaints that some masters and general line teachers possessed suspicious testimonials as they had not obtained degree certificates from recognised institutes.
The state government has also sought the help of the MLAs and MLCs in improving the deteriorating education system in the state. It has asked them to adopt at least one government school in their respective constituencies.