Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma addressing a press conference at Janata Bhawan in Guwahati on Sunday. UB
Education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

The Assam government has decided to provide the benefits of regular pay scale to 46, 150 teachers of the state.

Assam education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday said that 29,701 teachers under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), 11,206 contractual state pool teachers and 5,243 high school contractual teachers will get regular pay-scale at par with educators in government schools.

“These teachers will continue to be in service till 60 years of age, get regular pay-scale, leave and medical benefits along with other facilities that regular government teachers get,” Sarma told reporters at Dispur.

The state government has brought a Bill seeking to restrict inter-district transfer of teachers for 12 years, he said.

“According to its provisions, there will be a computer-based transfer policy with an initial lockdown period of 12 years. However, transfers within the district will be allowed,” he said.

The Minister further added that the 17 schools in which students were not able to pass the matriculation exam will be closed and their teachers will be transferred to other schools.

The minister said that the state government will suggest Centre for graded opening of schools from class 6 to upwards.

Sarma said that on Monday there will be video conferencing between the Union ministry of human resource development (HRD) officials and state education department, Economic Times reported.

“We have devised a stand operating procedure whereby we will suggest to the ministry to start classes on alternate days for different classes. However classes can start from class 6 onwards.”

“Opening of classes in a graded manner, social distancing will be ensured. Online classes in villages are not possible,” he added.

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