ATSUM proposes creation of Dist Cadre, home language

ATSUM proposes creation of Dist Cadre, home language

TMB Correspondent

Kangpokpi: The All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM) apprised the Minister of Education, Law and Legislative Affairs, Government of Manipur through a representation recommending the creation of District Cadre in the engagement of 1000 Primary Teachers on a contract basis under Education (S) Department and Home Language/Mother Tongue of children as a medium of instruction/teaching in Primary schools.

The ATSUM’s representation signed by its President Paotinthang Lupheng and Education Secretary, Kaikho Hopeson Mao also appreciated the initiative of engaging Primary Teachers on a contract basis which hopefully will bring respite to the acute shortage of teachers in the state under the Education (S).

The student body stated that the rampant practice of utilisation of teachers at places other than their places of posting has created a menace in the overall education system of the state whereby excessive numbers of teachers are posted in certain schools and on the other hand a number of schools are left with no teachers to teach the students. 

Therefore, it is felt that creation of District Cadres of teaching and non-teaching staff will address the problem in large measure, it added.

It also stated that District Cadres of Teachers may be created so that transfer and posting of teachers would be possible only within a district in order to do away with the problem of utilisation of teachers at places away from their posting.

ATSUM reminded that the matter of District Cadre creation in the Education (S) department was discussed and agreed upon in the official discourse held between the State Government and ATSUM on August 13, 2019 at the CM’s Conference hall chaired by the Chief Minister.

The tribal students’ apex body further apprised the Education Minister for implementation of Home Language/Mother tongue of Children as a medium of instruction/teaching in Primary Schools.

It also stated that the home language/mother tongue of children has been mandated as medium of instruction/teaching in Primary Schools by the Article 350A of the Indian Constitution, Right to Education Act, 2009, National Curriculum Framework, 2005 of NCERT and the National Education Policy 2020.

Therefore, the ensuing engagement/recruitment of 1000 Primary Teachers under Education (S) be exercised on district cadre basis with the knowledge of the concerned district local language made as an essential criteria for the candidates, it added.

It further stated that the union is confident that the incorporation of the two important recommendations in the engagement/recruitment of Primary Teachers will ensure rewarding policy reform in the education system of the State.

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