AAPSU has demanded a rollback of the decision

Itanagar: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) on Thursday submitted a representation to the education minister demanding the rollback of the decision taken by the cabinet of including ‘PRI (Panchayati Raj Institutions) representatives and 2 other responsible members’ to conduct interviews for the recruitment of teachers under the Samagra Shikhsa Abhiyan (SSA)/Integrated Scheme for School Education (ISSE) in the districts of the state.

In February this year, the state cabinet decided to frame guidelines for recruitment of trained graduate teachers (TGTs) under SSA/ISSE had reportedly approved for constituting a 5-member selection board in every district of the state to carry out the selection of contractual PRTs and TGTs.

The cabinet also resolved that the board would be personally headed by the respective deputy commissioners and it would include “a panchayat (PRI) representative and two qualified and respected citizens from each district to conduct the interviews.”

The other member of the board would be the deputy directors of secondary education (DDSE).

“The AAPSU has thoroughly studied the revised guidelines for recruitment of PRTs and TGTs under SSA/ISSE and no justification has been given for the inclusion of PRI representative and 2 other responsible members in the same. Also, there is no mention of the criteria and mode of selection for the two ‘responsible members’ from the district concerned,” the union wrote in its representation.

The union said a letter was written to all the deputy commissioners by the government on June 22 directing them to strictly follow the revised guidelines approved by the state cabinet.

According to the students organisation, the letter also warned of fixing the responsibility on the DDSE and deputy commissioner concerned for any deviation.

“Our stand has always been against politicization of education, particularly in regards to the recruitment of teachers. The revised guidelines as approved by the state cabinet are anti-student, defective and smacks of an ulterior motive,” the students’ body said.

The decision also defeats the very purpose of improving the educational scenario in the state by appointing quality teachers through a fair and transparent recruitment process, it added.

The AAPSU has threatened resorting to democratic means if its demand is not looked into.

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