Tripura education minister, Ratan Lal Nath on Thursday announced the state government will recruit 3970 teachers in different categories.

Of the 3970 teachers, 65 will postgraduate teachers, 175 graduate teachers for classes IX and X, 2055 graduate teachers for classes VI to VIII and 1675 undergraduate teachers for classes I to V, said Nath.

Meanwhile, 1675 candidates have qualified in the teachers’ eligibility test (TET) and are waiting for recruitment into different schools in the state.

The state government will recruit 1675 teachers within the first week of January next year.

“Among the TET qualified candidate, 650 undergraduates for classes I to V and 1025 graduates for VI to VIII are on the waiting list. A plan is under consideration for recruiting all of them by January next year,” said the minister.

He further said that a proposal would be sent to the Teachers’ Recruitment Board, Tripura (TRBT) for conducting the TET.

On the other hand, 10,323 teachers have been terminated from their services after the Supreme Court in March 2017 upheld the verdict of the Tripura High Court terming the recruitment process of these teachers faulty.

This has led to a shortage of teachers in the state.

The state government had promised to give these teachers alternative government jobs, but this has not materialized so far.

A total of 1824 teachers have been appointed in the state during the tenure of the ruling government, the minister added.

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