Gangtok, 27 Aug:
The Education Department also issued a circular today directing all Heads, Teaching Faculty, Support Staff and other employees of Government schools, colleges and educational institutions including ad-hoc teachers and ad-hoc Assistant Professors to attend duty from 01 Sept onwards irrespective of whether the educational institutions re-open or not.
The circular directs the staff to engage in digital and offline mode from their workplace. As an afterthought, in an addendum issued to the said circular, the Department has also directed teachers to assist in home schooling of students.
It may be recalled that educational institutions in the state have been shut since 17 March and teachers had since been conducting classes online from their homes.
The circular also directs the staff to disseminate information on National Education Policy 2020 from 05 to 25 Sept along with the Panchayati Raj Institutions. It further directs District Heads, SCERT, School and College heads to depute appropriate resource persons for the same.
Meanwhile, in a separate document titled “Instructions of the Government to the Education Department”, the Department has said that it will decide the reopening of schools and colleges based on the directives from the Ministry of Home Affairs as when it is issued.
It adds that the state government will “scrupulously” follow the MHA guidelines in this regard.
For now, the Department will appoint ad-hoc teachers for the period starting Sept 2020 till March 2021. Salary of such ad hoc teachers will be released by the Department from the month of Sept onwards.
Assistant Professors appointed on ad-hoc basis must acquire required professional qualification as per the UGC guidelines within three years [30 June, 2023]. No claim for continuity shall be entertained if they do not meet the requisite professional qualifications within three years.
An undertaking to this effect must be taken from them, the document directs.
The Department has also decided that owing to the pandemic situation, there will be no state-level Teachers’ Day celebration this year and State Awards and Commendation Certificates will, however, be announced and handed over at an appropriate time.
All educational institutions meanwhile will celebrate Teachers’ Day on virtual mode.
The department has also decided that land earmarked for ICFAI University at Temi will now be utilized for the establishment of Sikkim State University.