Srinagar, August 5: A major controversy has been sparked up in the state after the education department has decided to conduct a eligibility cum screening test for around 65,000 Rehbar-e-Taleem (ReT) teachers. An online debate has been generated when the Education Minister Naeem Akhter today wrote on social networking site Facebook that it is important to conduct the test as it will restore the dignity of teachers in the state.
The people supported the move saying it will improve the standards of education in the state where the education sector is already struggling.
“I’m sure most of the teachers given any proficiency test will pass it. And that will in a great measure remove wrong impressions and restore the dignity of the teaching profession. I am satisfied that is happening perhaps for the first time. The debate will help the government in course correction. I don’t claim any monopoly on knowledge. It is this debate that I find enriching,” the minister wrote.
“Could this ‘screening’ test be extended to other teachers as well. There’re teachers and lecturers in the Education department who aren’t able to write a simple letter and they draw hefty salaries. The deadwood should not only be removed but burnt. A Hitler is what is the requirement of the day. Please don’t budge under their strike threats. You must order immediate deduction of salaries for the days they strike work. We’re with you”, said Farooq Shah.
“It is a good move to have screening test for intending teachers. There is essential need for setting a standard in the Education Department for teachers. It is an irony that a person who is unable to get a clerk’s job in Power, Revenue or Irrigation Department lands in the Education Department as teacher,” wrote journalist Rashid Ahmad on Facebook.
The teachers, however, have opposed this decision of the High Court and has launched an agitation against the government to conduct screening test of in-service teachers. T
he Chairman JKTF Abdul Qayoom Wani told The Greater Kashmir the educational institutions in all the three regions of state would remain closed as a mark of protest against the government. The Forum also staged demonstrations at district headquarters on August 7 to express their resentment against the government. “This order won’t be accepted under any circumstances,” he asked the government not to divert the attention of the public issues and make teachers a scapegoat.