Gangtok, 27 Feb:
Nearly two years since the recruitment process began for 523 posts of Language Teachers [Primary and Graduate] in Government schools, the results are yet to be declared. As rumblings abound of the state government’s plan to scrap the entire recruitment process, confusion if rife amongst the applicants who are contemplating legal action if the state decides to do so.
Even after the completion of the recruitment process in Feb 2019 itself, the Education Department has not announced the results for the post of 173 Graduate and 350 Primary Language Teachers.
Sources inform that the final list of selected GT candidates was submitted to the then Education Minister, RB Subba, for approval in Feb 2019. However, the results were not declared and with the elections approaching, it was expected that the results would be declared after the polls which also did not happen.
On the other hand, the viva voce for Primary Teachers are yet to be held.
The matter came to light recently when the State BJP unit raised it and questioned what was holding up the recruitment process and why schools were being left unattended and why candidates kept in a limbo.
Meanwhile, with a new government in place, the Chairperson of Sikkim State Teachers Recruitment Board [SSTRB], which carries out the recruitment process, has tendered her resignation and so have other members of the board.
It is now being whispered that there are plans afoot to scrap the recruitment process and begin afresh which has not gone down well with the applicants. Many of the GT and PRT candidates are already working on ad-hoc basis and have lost a considerable number of years waiting for regularization or an opportunity to acquire a regular post.
Speaking to Summit Times, Additional Secretary and Nodal Officer, Public Relations & Publicity, Education Department, Bhim Thatal, said that the department is looking into the matter and will take a decision “in a few days.”
Meanwhile another HRD official said that a group of around 150 candidates are threatening to go to court regarding this matter. He also said that since the state government has not officially scrapped the recruitment process, there is no case as of now.
The Sikkim State Teachers Recruitment Board [SSTRB] had conducted written exams for the posts of Primary Teacher [Languages] on 26 Aug 2018, Post Graduate Teacher [Languages] on 04 Nov 2018 and Graduate Teacher [Languages] on 25 Nov 2018.
For the 49 posts of Post Graduate Teachers, 344 candidates appeared for the written exams out of whom 104 candidates were shortlisted for the viva voce and thereafter, the final 49 candidates were selected and have since joined duty in schools across the state.
It is pertinent to mention here that the 49 PGT vacancies were for Limboo, Bhutia and Lepcha languages. Meanwhile, on 07 Feb 2020 the Education department announced vacancies for the post of PGT in Nepali on ad-hoc basis.
For the 350 posts of Primary Teachers, 2,064 appeared for the written exams while for the 173 posts of Graduate Teachers, 1,092 candidates appeared for the written exam.
For the post of Graduate Teacher, 419 candidates were shortlisted for viva voce out of which 173 were selected.
It may be mentioned that for Primary Teacher [Languages], there are 72 posts in Bhutia, 76 in Limboo, 73 in Lepcha, 06 in Newar, 20 in Gurung, 21 in Tamang, 13 in Sherpa, 12 in Manger, 05 in Mukhia and 52 in Rai languages.
For Graduate Teacher [Languages], there are 20 posts in Bhutia, 17 in Limboo, 35 in Lepcha and 101 in Nepali.
For Post Graduate Teacher [Languages], there were 14 posts in Bhutia, 16 in Limboo and 19 in Lepcha languages.