Gangtok, 19 Feb:
An adhoc teacher, Prakash Parajuli, today alleged that the both, the former and the present governments have failed to address the issues and problems being faced by adhoc teachers in the State.
His statement was to mark the anniversary of 19 February last year when adhoc teachers had taken out a massive rally in Gangtok demanding regularization of their services. Four teachers, including Mr Parajuli, had been taken into custody on the day marked with confrontation and tension in the capital, it may be recalled.
Addressing a press conference here today, Mr Parajuli held up 19 February as ‘Sikshak Chetna Diwas’ [Teachers Awakening Day] and congratulated all teachers who had participated in the movement.
He contended that although adhoc teachers had taken to the roads for their rights, their demands remain pending till date despite assurances made on the day in the run-up to the elections.
He stated that there were two types of teachers in government schools – regular and adhoc - who work equally hard but are not paid the same.
Mr Parajuli stressed that this practice has been affecting teachers emotionally and would ultimately affect the development of students and schools as well.
He said, “Our movement is not only for job regularization but change in the system which allows such disparity.”
He stressed the need to eradicate the adhoc system and insists that all appointments be on regular basis. In this regard, he said that the recent notification for appointment of adhoc teachers was a clear sign that the Department has no plans to end the adhoc system of teacher appointment.