Srinagar: An organistion of teachers said on Tuesday that all educational institutions will strike work on Thursday, while teachers will hold protest demonstrations at all district headquarters on Friday, against a government order asking teachers who have completed their degrees through correspondence to sit in a ‘screening test’.
Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Teachers’ Forum Abdul Qayoom Wani said in a statement that black flags will be hoisted in all schools on Friday against the government order, which he said was “unjust and tyrannical”.
The statement said that Qayoom addressed a one-day session of the Forum, where the participants rapped education minister Naeem Akhtar for defending the order and saying that the “dignity and primacy of teachers has been compromised” by the previous government.
Qayoom told the session that the government order “will not be accepted under any circumstance”, while asking the government “not to divert people’s attention from public issues by making teachers as scapegoats”.
“The government is habitual of disgracing teachers. What is the point in doubting the degrees offered by UGC-recognised universities? Five lakh government employees are united in this fight (against the order),” he added.
Recently, the government decided to make screening test compulsory for Rehbar-e-Taleem teachers who have qualified their degrees through distance learning. It is considering a similar test for in-service General Line Teachers who have completed their degrees through distance learning mode.
The decisions were taken following a High Court order on May 14 this year, which asked the school education department to scrutinise the degree certificates and conduct screening test of ReTs who have obtained their degrees through distance mode.
The court passed the orders after an ReT applicant failed to write an essay on cow and solve primary standard mathematics problems.
Reacting to the teachers’ outrage, education minister Naeem Akhtar had said that the government was only following court orders, while asserting that education department’s focus remains on education and overall development of children.