Language teachers allege favouritism in recruitment process, demand appointment

GANGTOK, 08 Feb:

A section of candidates who had appeared for examinations for the post of Post Graduate Teacher [Language] in Bhutia, Lepcha and Limboo under Human Resource Development Department have levelled allegations of nepotism and favouritism in the appointment process.

This group of 54 candidates had cleared the written examination but were not shortlisted after classroom demonstration and viva-voce. They have demanded that the department recruit all 54 candidates who have cleared their written examination like the government did in the cases of police constables, assistant professors, PRTs.

Addressing a press conference, a candidate SanchamanLimboo also questioned the entire recruitment process of the language teachers. He informed that Sikkim State Teachers Recruitment Board took out the interview notice on 22 August 2017 and conducted written examination almost after 16 months on 04 November last year and viva on 28 to 30 November last year with the results announced recently on 06 February.

He also questioned the board on announcing the result almost after three months. He alleged that names of deserving candidates were not included in the final list of selected candidates. He added that only 40% deserving candidates were included in the final list.

While alleging of nepotism and favouritism, Mr Limboo mentioned that candidates who were already working in different departments on regular basis and those who did not fulfil criteria were appointed while deserving candidates who hold Master’s degrees in the concerned language have been left out. He further added that language teachers who have been working on ad-hoc basis since a long time were not appointed.

On the same, they demanded that 54 left out candidates, some of whom were working on adhoc basis and some were unemployed, should be recruited by the department immediately. They have urged the department and the government to take this matter seriously. Further, they also demanded that the board set up a new selection committee.