Screening Test Row: Only teachers with degrees from ‘Dubious’ colleges to undergo proficiency test

Srinagar, August 11: After a series of protest in Srinagar by Rehbar-e-Taleem (ReT) Teachers, the Department of Education today said that only those ReT teachers with degrees from some suspicious colleges would go through the screening test.

In compliance with the directions of the High Court, the Education Department of the state directed that the degrees of ReTs/RReTs (Regular Rehbar-e-Taleem) obtained through study centres and distance mode from shady institutions would be examine carefully and accordingly the screening test of those ReTs and RReTs would be conducted who were in possession of suspicious testimonials.

As per an order issued by the Commissioner Secretary of School Education Department, the respective Chief Education Officers (CEOs) of all the districts have been designated as nodal officers for verification of degrees of ReTs/RReTs obtained through some shady study centres or distance mode and the decision of eligibility test has been taken after HC issued an order on May 14 of this year.

The directions were passed after an ReT applicant failed to write an essay on cow and was also not able to solve a mathematics question of primary standard. The Director of School Education, Kashmir and Jammu who will personally monitor the whole process has also directed their respective departments to complete the whole exercise of verification of degrees within seven days.

As per the protesting teacher, certificates and eligibility are checked and verified at the initial stage and conducting such exams is just the wastage of time.

“The government is not implementing the court order fully. The order says ReT’s and teachers, now the government is only planning to scrutinise ReTs. This is not justified. They should implement court orders,” ReT Forum chairman Farooq Ahmad Tantray told The Tribune.

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