Teachers across the state of Assam who has been appointed through Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) qualification have staged protests in the state and put forth demands like the permanency of their posts and regularization of salary.
They also staged protest against Assam Education Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya’s statement comparing TET qualified teachers with ‘drivers’.
The teachers across the state in areas such as Tinsukia, Dima Hasao, Kamrup (M) and other districts, staged protests against the Minister.
They chanted slogans like "We are teachers and not drivers", "Thank you, Siddhartha Bhattacharya, for comparing us with drivers", and so on.
They also threatened to intensify their protest if the government fails to fulfill the demands they have made.
The protesting teachers submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Prime Minister Narendra Modi through the Deputy Commissioners of the respective districts.
It is to be mentioned that state education minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya in an interview said that like the drivers renew their license time-to-time to keep the validity going, the teachers will also have to undergo the similar process with their TET certificates in order to continue teaching.
This has irked the teaching fraternity across the state. The teachers of the state have also used the social media platforms to protest against the statement by writing “Driver” in front of their names in their Facebook accounts.
Many have also posted photographs posing as drivers.
The Teacher Eligibility Test, known as TET, is the minimum qualification in India for a person to be eligible for entrance examination for teachers
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