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State govt to fill up 14,000 posts of school teachers

State govt to fill up 14,000 posts of school teachers

TNN Dec 6, 2013, 11.25AM IST

GUWAHATI: Almost half a decade after the enactment of Right to Education (RTE) Act, the state government has finally decided to fill up all vacant posts in schools to meet the ideal pupil-teacher ratio for ensuring quality education in the state.
Speaking on the sidelines of a government function held in the city on Thursday, state education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the government will fill up about 14,000 posts of teachers at the lower primary (LP) and upper primary (UP) levels in government-run schools of Assam by March 31 next year.
"Till today, we have completed appointment of about 45,000 teachers at the lower and upper primary levels in schools. The education department now has to fill up 14,000 teachers' posts lying vacant at the LP and UP levels in schools to meet the RTE norms. We are targeting to fill up 14,000 posts by February 28 and if not by March 31, 2014 anyway," said Sarma after distributing appointment letters to 3,282 teachers who were working as Shiksha Mitras at a meager pay in Amar Porhashalis since 2003 to impart primary education to students in far-flung villages.
The Shiksha Mitras, who were working since 2003, were on protest path for a long time demanding hike in their salaries and regularization of their jobs. The education minister said though the Shiksha Mitras were offered appointment letters, they will have to qualify in the evaluation test to be held for teachers of the state in December next year.
Sarma said Teachers' Eligibility Test (TET) will be held on January 12 next year to recruit 5,000 teachers in schools where Bengali, Garo, Rabha and Hindi mediums persist. The minister added that the government will soon hold TET for reserved category candidates of the state.
The education minister said scholarships of Rs 5,000 each to one lakh students from classes V and VIII and four lakh bicycles to those studying in classes IX and X.
Speaking on the occasion, chief minister Tarun Gogoi appealed to the newly appointed teachers to dedicate themselves in service of the state and nation by producing quality manpower. "Teachers are the architects of the nation. It's the teachers who have been producing politicians, doctors, engineers and other professionals who are today serving the nation," said Gogoi.
‘Invisible’ children growing up in relief camps
Rimjhim Jain, Hindustan Times
December 05, 2013
First Published: 21:51 IST(5/12/2013)
Last Updated: 21:55 IST(5/12/2013)
Kornojoy Molshoi was an infant when his parents fled Mizoram in 1997 for a relief camp in neighbouring Tripura. Though they expected to return in a few weeks, Kornojoy is now 16 and has only experienced life in Naisingpara relief camp.

“It was shocking to discover a generation of
children has grown up in these makeshift camps which are being denied basic sanitation, health or education facilities. Many children are even refused birth certificates or ration cards, making them an invisible population,” says Sipa Dixit, member, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR). On October 24, the NCPCR sent a letter to the home ministry and four other central ministries on the dangerously deteriorating camp conditions. With no let up in the forced migrations caused by civil unrest in many states, it urgently recommends a policy for internally displaced populations living in relief camps.
Of the 31,846 Brus in seven relief camps in north Tripura, 8,426 are children like Kornojoy living here for 15-16 years.
They survived outbreaks of cholera, malaria and blood dysentery which have claimed 2,000 lives. Installed on a temporary basis, the camps still exist without proper sanitation, electricity, health centres or proper schools.
Kornojoy is about to complete Class 8 beyond which no schooling is offered in the camps. His father says, “Schools outside deny admission to camp children on various pretexts. He has no job option either.” The same bleak future faces thousands of other children in relief camps.
Visiting relief camps all over the country since 2008 to assist district administrations on the safety, education and health of children in the camps, including those in Muzaffarnagar, the NCPCR is now in talks with the Centre to issue guidelines for the camps.
“As internally displaced persons our condition is worse than that of refugees whose welfare is at least governed by UN guidelines,” laments Bruno Msha of the Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Forum.
The NCPCR’s intervention galvanised the ministry of water resources to issue directions on November 1 for providing water and sanitation facilities on a ‘top-priority basis’ to children in the north Tripura camps.
It is time to recognise that relief camps are a reality in this age of civil unrest. The rights of displaced populations must be addressed through policy measures that cut through haphazard aid and biased considerations.
In a democracy, state governments cannot argue that ‘these are not our people’. For instance, camps still in existence after a few months must be incorporated into the district’s development agenda.
Systematic regulations are particularly important for children growing up in camps that are ‘temporarily permanent.
Rimjhim Jain is a Delhi-based independent writer
- See more at: http://www.hindustantimes.com/comment/analysis/invisible-children-growing-up-in-relief-camps/article1-1159534.aspx#sthash.2GCUnb1M.dpuf
‘Invisible’ children growing up in relief camps
Rimjhim Jain, Hindustan Times
December 05, 2013
First Published: 21:51 IST(5/12/2013)
Last Updated: 21:55 IST(5/12/2013)
Kornojoy Molshoi was an infant when his parents fled Mizoram in 1997 for a relief camp in neighbouring Tripura. Though they expected to return in a few weeks, Kornojoy is now 16 and has only experienced life in Naisingpara relief camp.

“It was shocking to discover a generation of
children has grown up in these makeshift camps which are being denied basic sanitation, health or education facilities. Many children are even refused birth certificates or ration cards, making them an invisible population,” says Sipa Dixit, member, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR). On October 24, the NCPCR sent a letter to the home ministry and four other central ministries on the dangerously deteriorating camp conditions. With no let up in the forced migrations caused by civil unrest in many states, it urgently recommends a policy for internally displaced populations living in relief camps.
Of the 31,846 Brus in seven relief camps in north Tripura, 8,426 are children like Kornojoy living here for 15-16 years.
They survived outbreaks of cholera, malaria and blood dysentery which have claimed 2,000 lives. Installed on a temporary basis, the camps still exist without proper sanitation, electricity, health centres or proper schools.
Kornojoy is about to complete Class 8 beyond which no schooling is offered in the camps. His father says, “Schools outside deny admission to camp children on various pretexts. He has no job option either.” The same bleak future faces thousands of other children in relief camps.
Visiting relief camps all over the country since 2008 to assist district administrations on the safety, education and health of children in the camps, including those in Muzaffarnagar, the NCPCR is now in talks with the Centre to issue guidelines for the camps.
“As internally displaced persons our condition is worse than that of refugees whose welfare is at least governed by UN guidelines,” laments Bruno Msha of the Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Forum.
The NCPCR’s intervention galvanised the ministry of water resources to issue directions on November 1 for providing water and sanitation facilities on a ‘top-priority basis’ to children in the north Tripura camps.
It is time to recognise that relief camps are a reality in this age of civil unrest. The rights of displaced populations must be addressed through policy measures that cut through haphazard aid and biased considerations.
In a democracy, state governments cannot argue that ‘these are not our people’. For instance, camps still in existence after a few months must be incorporated into the district’s development agenda.
Systematic regulations are particularly important for children growing up in camps that are ‘temporarily permanent.
Rimjhim Jain is a Delhi-based independent writer
- See more at: http://www.hindustantimes.com/comment/analysis/invisible-children-growing-up-in-relief-camps/article1-1159534.aspx#sthash.2GCUnb1M.dpuf
‘Invisible’ children growing up in relief camps
Rimjhim Jain, Hindustan Times
December 05, 2013
First Published: 21:51 IST(5/12/2013)
Last Updated: 21:55 IST(5/12/2013)
Kornojoy Molshoi was an infant when his parents fled Mizoram in 1997 for a relief camp in neighbouring Tripura. Though they expected to return in a few weeks, Kornojoy is now 16 and has only experienced life in Naisingpara relief camp.

“It was shocking to discover a generation of
children has grown up in these makeshift camps which are being denied basic sanitation, health or education facilities. Many children are even refused birth certificates or ration cards, making them an invisible population,” says Sipa Dixit, member, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR). On October 24, the NCPCR sent a letter to the home ministry and four other central ministries on the dangerously deteriorating camp conditions. With no let up in the forced migrations caused by civil unrest in many states, it urgently recommends a policy for internally displaced populations living in relief camps.
Of the 31,846 Brus in seven relief camps in north Tripura, 8,426 are children like Kornojoy living here for 15-16 years.
They survived outbreaks of cholera, malaria and blood dysentery which have claimed 2,000 lives. Installed on a temporary basis, the camps still exist without proper sanitation, electricity, health centres or proper schools.
Kornojoy is about to complete Class 8 beyond which no schooling is offered in the camps. His father says, “Schools outside deny admission to camp children on various pretexts. He has no job option either.” The same bleak future faces thousands of other children in relief camps.
Visiting relief camps all over the country since 2008 to assist district administrations on the safety, education and health of children in the camps, including those in Muzaffarnagar, the NCPCR is now in talks with the Centre to issue guidelines for the camps.
“As internally displaced persons our condition is worse than that of refugees whose welfare is at least governed by UN guidelines,” laments Bruno Msha of the Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Forum.
The NCPCR’s intervention galvanised the ministry of water resources to issue directions on November 1 for providing water and sanitation facilities on a ‘top-priority basis’ to children in the north Tripura camps.
It is time to recognise that relief camps are a reality in this age of civil unrest. The rights of displaced populations must be addressed through policy measures that cut through haphazard aid and biased considerations.
In a democracy, state governments cannot argue that ‘these are not our people’. For instance, camps still in existence after a few months must be incorporated into the district’s development agenda.
Systematic regulations are particularly important for children growing up in camps that are ‘temporarily permanent.
Rimjhim Jain is a Delhi-based independent writer
- See more at: http://www.hindustantimes.com/comment/analysis/invisible-children-growing-up-in-relief-camps/article1-1159534.aspx#sthash.2GCUnb1M.dpuf

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