SRINAGAR: Stiffening its stand against Rehbar-e-Taleem(ReT) teachers, the government on Sunday ordered verification of the testimonials of those teachers who have obtained their degrees from ‘shady institutions’ through distance mode.
A government spokesman said that the education department, in compliance with the directions of the High Court, would scrutinise the degrees of ReTs or RReTs obtained through study centres and distance mode from shady institutions and accordingly the screening test of those ReTs and regularised ReTs would be conducted who are in possession of suspicious testimonials.
“As per the order No: 396-Edu of 2015, issued by the Commissioner Secretary School Education Department, the respective Chief Education Officers of all the districts have been designated as Nodal Officers for verification of the certificates of ReTs/RReTs obtained through study centres or distance mode,” the spokesman said.
“The whole exercise of verification of such certificates shall be completed within seven days,” the order said adding that the Director School Education Kashmir and Jammu will personally monitor the verification progress.
ReTs are on a warpath with the government after the latter decided to make screening test compulsory for the teachers who have qualified their degrees through distance learning following a High Court order on May 14 this year.
It was considering a similar test for in-service General Line Teachers who have completed their degrees through distance learning mode.
The court passed the orders after an ReT applicant failed to write an essay on cow and solve primary standard mathematics problems.
Owing to the criticism from various quarters over the screening test, the government spokesman quoted from the High Court order to justify its decision.
“Taking a general view on the matter, the High Court ordered; ‘In order to arrest further deterioration in the education system, the Commissioner Secretary to the Government, Education Department, J&K is directed to constitute a committee to look into the hazards which such type of degrees must have caused to the society. The Committee shall be responsible to find out all such degrees/certificates issued in favour of such candidates, who stand selected as ReT/teachers and ask this class of teachers to sit in a screening test to ascertain as to whether they are in a position to teach the students. All such ReT/teachers, who fail in such screening test, their certificates would require to be seized, of course, after affording opportunity of hearing to them. The authorities shall consider termination of their services after following principles of natural justice as same will be in the larger interests of student community and society’.
“The High Court further ordered that the Director School Education Kashmir shall refer the matter to the concerned police station for registration of case and initiate action against the owner of the Study Centre and the private respondent. It also ordered that such action would also require to be initiated against all such persons, who constitute a class with the private respondent,” the spokesman said.
“Accordingly, in compliance to the directions of the High Court, the Education Department constituted a committee headed by Commissioner Secretary School Education Department to identify and assess the hazards caused to the society by ReTs/teachers who possess such doubtful degrees/certificates obtained from study centres or through distance mode,” the spokesman stated.
The spokesman further said that the Committee decided to screen the degrees of all ReTs and RReTs obtained through distance mode from doubtful institutions and put them to a screening test in light of the High Court directions.
The Committee also took note of the directions of National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) to introduce Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) for which guidelines have already been issued.
“Meanwhile, the SWP No: 346/2014 was again listed for hearing before the High Court on 28 July 2015 and the Court took note of the constitution of the Committee by the State Government and further directed to file a status report indicating the steps taken by the Education Department in pursuance of the report of the Committee constituted for the purpose,” the spokesman added.