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 cant 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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