‘Half of our schools function because of ReTs’
Anantnag: Criticising the government decision proposing a screening test for Rehber-e-Taleem teachers, former chief minister, Omar Abdullah, on Wednesday asked the education minister, Nayeem Akhter, to “test himself first” in the electoral battle.
“Let education minister test himself first and show his worth by winning elections so that we too can feel if he is fit for becoming the education minister or not,” Omar told reporters on the sidelines of a function at Khanabal here.
He was replying to a question about government’s proposed move to conduct a screening of ReT teachers appointed in the state during the past decade.
The move has met with tough resistance from the teachers who, on Wednesday, came on roads and held massive protests against the proposal.
“ReTs were there from the time when they were in power earlier. So tell me why the screening of these teachers has come to their mind now only,” he said.
He said that his party wasn’t against imparting of quality education to the students studying in government schools. “We too want our children get quality education. But for that screening test is no option. If any ReT is not good at teaching he should be trained not expelled,” Omar said.
He said that nobody can deny the fact that half of the government schools in the state function smoothly because of ReT teachers. “It is the reality that ReTs educated the children of those remote areas where our general line teachers are always reluctant to go,” Omar said.
Supporting the demand of AIIMS to Jammu, Omar said, “When AIIMS was sanctioned for the valley, we welcomed the decision and we demand that AIIMS be sanctioned for the Jammu region as well.”
“When we were in power, we ensured that the central university for both the regions,” he said.
He also refuted the allegations leveled by a BJP leader that NC was behind the raising of ISIS flags in valley.