Govt. Politicised Simple Court Order, Created Mess: KCSDS

SRINAGAR: A leading civil society pressure group Saturday accused the state government of politicising the court order on Rehbar-e-Taleem teachers and said this has hurt the dignity of entire teacher community.

“A simple order by the high court has been blown out of  proportion and politicised  to hurt the dignity and sentiments  of  every teacher”, Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS) said after itmet heretoday.

KCSDS said it was very much disturbed by the turn  events  have taken with regard to   the  issue of Ret scheme and condemned the ‘brute force’ by the Govt   to quell the ‘peaceful’ protest  by the teachers.

“ There can’t be any  question of not obeying the court order  that has been necessitated by the sorry state of affairs  in the education system and  trig-gered  by a case of an Ret in the court”, KCSDS said in a statement

High Court recently directed the education commissioner to look into the mess that the introduction of Ret scheme has created in the state by arbitrary appointments which has ‘trivialised and vulgarised’ elementary education.“As the case in point  has  unravelled the rot  beneath the surface besides revealing fake degrees and certificates”.

“The  schools have been   turned  into  dumping  grounds   by the political parties  so much so  that they have not even looked into the certificates  of the appointees at the time of  appointment because  due process of appointments has not been followed .The court asked the commissioner to constitute a committee to look into the hazards which  must have been  caused to the society as a result of Ret scheme. 

It also entrusted the responsibility of finding out the veracity of such degrees and certificates of the candidates who stand selected  as Rets and ask this class of teachers to sit in a screening test to ascertain whether  they are skilled enough to teach the students. All such teachers  who fail in the screening test should be terminated after being heard”. 

However the Govt through her arrogant style alienated the teachers by confusing them about the real issue, the KCSDS said.

“The govt  instead of going step wise  as directed by the court, messed up the whole thing”. 

“First of all , it  has to ascertain what damage has been done  by Ret scheme in which without  following any due process  of screening or interviews, candidates were appointed in every nook and corner  of the state which instead of serving the cause of compulsory elementary education, trivialised the sacred  mission. A former minister in Jammu openly sold these  posts @ Rs 200000 each!”, the statement added.

“Second step would be to screen the certificates and degrees and come out with the findings. All those teachers who have committed the crime by obtaining fake certifi-cates  should face the consequences. They should be sacked  as natural justice  de-mands punishment for the cheaters as well as those who accepted these certificates in the first place.. Second step would be to screen other Rets  through an elementary test to find out where the teachers lag behind. And then devise a Refersher training programme  of not less than six months ( in worst cases it could be one year)to train these teachers rigorously followed by an examination. The training programmes have to be made  regular  and sustainable”, it demanded.

KCSDS said, there must be focus  broadly  on  teaching communication skills, Maths, Science, languages, computer training,  proficiency skills and child psychology- how to teach the kids keeping in view their emotions, aptitudes and backgrounds. 

“Teachers in general need counselling  sessions as to how to approach  children and make  them learn in an atmosphere free from  violent methods of teaching  and  to make    teaching –learning  a bipolar  process in which students become participants rather than mute recipients”.  

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