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Tripura TET qualified teachers warn agitation if govt fails to recruit

Despite an acute shortage of teachers in schools across the state, they are not recruited into service by the government.

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Agartala: The Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) qualified job aspirants on Sunday threatened to launch statewide agitation seeking immediate recruitment in the schools, as announced by the government.

Over 3600 TET-qualified youths were demonstrated in front of Ratan Lal Nath’s house in the city, demanding timely action from the government.

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Unless they are employed within two years, they will be disqualified and have to take TET again, and a large segment of them would cross the upper age limit set for government jobs.

Barely six months before the assembly election, the BJP-led government in Tripura has been facing public outrage, especially from the unemployed youths, which constituted over 45 percent of the total eligible voters in the state.

Besides, the promise of 50,000 annual jobs by the BJP in the 2018 assembly elections, the state government had repeatedly announced to recruit all TET qualified candidates in the government schools, as around 13000 posts in the education department have been lying vacant for the past many years.

However, Nath claimed that the government is contemplating recruitment of teachers as soon as possible and said, “Recruiting all the qualified aspirants together is impossible for any government. He will sit with the Chief Minister Dr. Manik Saha and Deputy Chief Minister holding Finance portfolio Jishnu Dev Varma to finalize the process of filling up 600 posts of teachers.”

The agitators alleged, “The minister took a U-turn from his statements repeatedly and failed to keep his promises like 14,000 teachers’ recruitment after qualifying TET”.

Despite an acute shortage of teachers in schools across the state, they are not recruited into service by the government.

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