RET teachers express fury over conducting of screening Test

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Srinagar, August 3: The teacher community is in rage after high court order that the government will now have to conduct a compulsory screening test of Rehbar-e-Taleem (ReT) teachers with degree from some distance mode. Also the government is considering to take similar kind of test for in-service teachers to scrutinize their capabilities.

The government has also decided that ReTs working at present will have to qualify screening test at the time of their regularization.

Secretary School Education convened a meeting in this regard which was attended by Directors School Education Kashmir and Jammu, State Project Director SSA, Chairman BOSE and Principals of SIE from both the divisions.

“At the time of engagement the ReTs would be required to qualify the screening test and no fresh ReTs shall be engaged till a mechanism is put in place for conducting screening test,” reads the minutes of the meeting.

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The decision of screening test has been taken in reference to the High Court order issued on May 14 this year . The High Court had directed the school education department to inspect the degree certificates and carry out screening test of ReTs who have obtained their degrees through distance mode. The directions were passed after an ReT applicant failed to write an essay on cow and also couldn’t solve a mathematics question of primary standard.

The High Court has observed that there are several study centres across the country which are involved in the selling and purchasing of degrees which is directly effecting the standard of education as a whole and directed the state government to constitute a committee to examine the issue in its totality and suggest measures.

On the other hand, teachers have opposed this decision of the High Court. According to them certificates and eligibility are checked and verified at the initial stage and conducting of such exams is just the wastage of time.

Jammu and Kashmir Teachers Forum (JKTF) lead by Abdul Qayoom Wani has expressed grief over the move saying the verification of certificates of teachers and conduct of exams shall prove as last nail in the coffin of school education department.

In a statement as quoted by Greater Kashmir, Wani said, “Teachers are builders of nation and aware of their duties,” adding that education department was not a laboratory to conduct any sort of experiment. “The verification of certificates and examination of teachers is ridiculous.”

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