Members of the All Assam Provincialised ME (Middle English) Senior School Teachers Association of Golaghat, Jorhat and Sivasagar districts staged protests demanding a high level enquiry into anomalies in appointment of teachers in ME schools.

The teachers staged protests in front of the offices of the deputy inspectors of schools in their respective districts.

The agitating teachers alleged in their memorandum that in Jorhat district, at least 20 teachers, who were retired and 10 teachers, who were already appointed as TET teachers, were appointed and are drawing dual-salary fraudulently.

The Association demanded that the deputy commissioners institute an enquiry in each district and the appointment process be declared “null and void” by a court of law till the appointment anomalies were not sorted out properly.

The Association further demanded an investigation by the CID, an enquiry by the CM’s Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Cell and and apprised the education department.

Senior ME school teacher of Arunodoi ME school, Golaghat, Gangadhar Bora, who is the president of the Association, alleged that in Golaghat district, senior teachers, numbering about 150 and about 130 in Jorhat, have not been appointed even after their schools have been provincialised.

He further alleged that there had been large-scale corruption in the recruitment process as teachers, who died or retired have been appointed, but those, who are still serving have been left out.

Bora said in 2007, the provincialised schools were asked to recruit at least 5 teachers in each school.

The rule was again changed in 2017 to three teachers, for schools with less than 100 students.

“When the appointment letters were received on February 5, the appointment being effective from January 1, it was seen that most of the senior teachers were left out, that is those teachers who had been appointed by the school committees when the schools had been set up by village or suburban communities without government aid, had mostly been left out from the appointment list.”

The Association further said rules had been violated in the appointment of several Hindi teachers.

Bora said he was one such teacher and the Association was demanding that till the matter is not sorted out and all these anomalies are resolved, the appointment process should be stopped.

“If this does not happen the recourse left for these teachers who had already served in these schools when they were non-provincialised would be penury or suicide,” he said.

Smita Bhattacharyya

Smita Bhattacharyya is Northeast Now Correspondent in Jorhat. She can be reached at: triptyaddy@gmail.com