SSA: High Court asks Govt to formulate policy

AGARTALA:

The High Court of Tripura today granted four-week to state government to formulate a concrete policy for regularizing the services of contractual teachers employed under Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, said Somik Deb, counsel of the petitioners.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Akil Abdulhamid Kureshi and Justice Arindam Lodh passed the order. The Bench also asked the state government to place the final policy before it on the next date of hearing, Deb added over telephone. 

Both the appeals filed by Sajal Deb and Manoj Kumar Debbarma on behalf of the contractual teachers employed under Sarva Siksha Abhiyan demanding regularization were heard by the Bench today. The petitions clubbed together have been posted for hearing in January next year.

The regularization of teachers under Sarva Siksha Abhiyan does not seem to be a matter of concern for state government as they have been working on a contractual basis since appointment. The SSA teachers were not appointed on regular basis by the then Left Front government. It was a gross violation of the norms of SSA and Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009, according to SSA teachers.

The posts of teachers sanctioned under the SSA were regular and the mandatory norms of SSA framed by MHRD said, the posts should have been created by states in Education Department with same salary, allowances and service conditions as of regular teachers.

As per the NCTE notification (amended) in 2011, teachers appointed before 2010-11 are exempted from clearing the TET exams as per the Para 5 of the notification, the SSA teachers added.

Moreover, central government used to provide 90 per cent of the funding while the state government used to provide 10 per cent as a pre condition to appoint the teachers on a regular basis.

Earlier, teachers and non-teaching staffers working under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan launched fast unto death agitation in the capital demanding regularisation of their service.