In the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Ad-hoc primary teachers have been boycotting schools and staging protests against Allahabad High Court order striking down their regularisation by the state government. In this regard, Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav assured the agitating teachers that soon a solution will be found out to end the ongoing crisis and asked them not to take any hazardous step.
Akhilesh Yadav told the media persons present, “In the coming days, the government will consider putting forth its own views in a manner which is acceptable to the court. At the same time I urge shiksha mitras that they should not agitate.” Further he added that the government and his cabinet is looking into the matter so as to make out that what all rules and regulations can be made and whether any regularisation have been made in any other state of India for teachers who have not qualified the Teachers Eligibility Test.
On September 12, 2015, Allahabad High Court declared the initiative taken by the State Government to regularise ad-hoc primary teachers and appoint them as assistant teachers as ILLEGAL. The court further was of the view that the initiative is strictly against the rules and regulations laid down by the National Council for Teachers’ Education, as well as the provisions of the Right to Education Act, 2010. As per the NCTE and Right to Education Act, 2010, only those persons can be appointed as teachers against the regular vacancies who have qualified the Teacher’s Eligibility Test (TET). “On the very same day the High Court decision came, the minister concerned and the chief secretary clarified their stand on the issue,” Yadav said.
Since then near about 1.72 lakh shiksha mitras have been protesting across the state. Moreover an ad hoc teacher allegedly committed suicide in Kannauj district on Sunday i.e. September 13, 2015. For this the chief Minister requested the protesting teachers not to take any such extreme steps.
In lieu of the agitation, Uttar Pradesh police has issued orders to all district police chiefs to keep a close watch on the protests. Satish Ganesh who is the IG of Law and Order said, “Respective SPs have been asked to ensure that no law and order situation emerges anywhere.” Further the SP’s have also been ordered to keep a check that there occurs no problem in the movement of trains and other modes of transport.
Akhilesh Yadav was further of the view that surely the government will find a way out after considering all the aspects adding that they had helped the teachers in the past as well.
Moreover Prime Minister Narendra Modi has to visit Varanasi on September 18, 2015 there is a possibility that some delegates of “shiksha mitras” might meet him. For the same the SP’s have been asked by the IG of Law and Order to remain alert and in touch with the units of Adhoc primary teachers so as to check their movement in large numbers