Aizawl: Two key opposition parties in Mizoram — the Congress and Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) — on Wednesday accused the Mizo National Front (MNF)-led state government of breaching a law by deciding to recruit 946 teachers for primary and middle schools.
In a separate statement, the Congress and the ZPM alleged that the government was trying to recruit teachers in the pretext of solving the perennial problem of teacher shortage, which in fact was an attempt to favour party workers.
The state cabinet on Monday decided to recruit 946 teachers for filling up of vacant posts in primary and middle schools on muster roll basis in relaxation of column 8 (2) of recruitment rules in respect of primary school teacher and middle school teacher and all the existing office memorandum pertaining to engagement of muster roll employees.
The Congress said that the cabinet decision has rubbished the promise made education minister Lalchhandama Ralte that recruitment rules will be strictly followed in the process of recruitment of teachers on muster roll basis.
The cabinet decision also contravened National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), which sets Teacher Eligibility Test as mandatory for recruitment of teacher, the Congress said in a statement.
Besides, the applicant should hold diploma in elementary education or bachelor degree in elementary education, the statement added.
It said that there is no separate eligibility criterion for muster roll employees.
The ZPM also said that the cabinet decision was a clear violation of teacher recruitment rules and an attempt to give undue favour to party workers.