Saturday, March 25, 2023

All Nagaland Government Primary Teachers’ Association urges DoSE to uphold School Education Service Rules

All Nagaland Government Primary Teachers’ Association (ANGPTA) has called on Department of School Education (DoSE) to uphold The Nagaland School Education Service Rules, 2017 at all cost and protect these rules from anyone trampling upon them.
In a representation to DoSE commissioner & secretary, the association expressed its sincere appreciation to the department for the decision to implement Rule 15 of The Nagaland School Education Service Rules, 2017 by conducting limited departmental examinations (LDE) through Nagaland Public Service Commission (NPSC).
The association said this had been a long-awaited career progression opportunity for many capable teachers who, once selected, would strengthen the administrative set-up of the department, which otherwise was in a limbo for want of officers due to some obvious reasons.
ANGPTA stressed that the service rules that were above every individual employee or group should be honoured and not sacrificed at the whims and fancies of anybody. It was rather unfortunate that some section of teachers chose to oppose this decision when the department was trying its best to restore smooth functioning of school administration, the association stated.
The primary teachers’ body also clarified certain points raised by All Nagaland Graduate Teachers’ Forum (ANGTF) in its representation that also appeared in local dailies on August 2, 2022 and for unethically tried to undermine the stature of primary teachers in order to advance their cause.
ANGPTA said it was grounded in reality and had never equated scale of pay with any other cadres, adding this had not deterred the primary teachers from diligently teaching higher classes in many schools, especially in rural areas.
Further, LDE was open to all eligible teachers, irrespective of cadres, and its purpose was to select most capable persons to strengthen the department and, as such, had nothing to do with the nature of appointment.
According to ANGPTA, D.El.Ed was a comprehensive two-year professional teachers’ course that could not be completed without burning midnight lamp and therefore could not be termed as “soft-earned” professional course.
Moreover, in the NCTE Act, 2014, Part III – Sec. 4, page No. 121, Article 4.2 Eligibility for undergoing M.Ed. clearly states in clause (a) (iv) D.El.Ed with an undergraduate degree (with 50% marks in each) further 4.2 (b) dealt with reservation and relaxation rules. This proved that NCTE definitely did not undermine the D.El.Ed. course, the representation pointed out.
ANGPTA said creation of DoSE in 1964 was a red-letter day and, being a dynamic department, it had evolved thus far and must continue to evolve in the future to meet the challenges of the contemporary society.
The association also drew attention of the commissioner and secretary to the government order of September 29, 2021 regarding eligibility criteria for filling up the post of AHM/JEO under DoSE and sought clarification on the status of the order so as to avoid any confusion in future. The representation was signed by ANGPTA president James Ruokuoselhou and general secretary T Along Changkiri.


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