CM CHAIRS MEETING WITH EDUCATION DEPT Ad-hoc teacher walk-in interviews from 03 Oct onwards

Summit Report

Gangtok, 02 Sept:

Chief Minister PS Tamang chaired a high-level meeting with the Education Department today at Mintokgang, a press release from the Education Department informs.

The meeting decided to conduct walk-in interviews for Post Graduate, Graduate, Primary, Physical Education & Pre-Primary and Language Teachers on ad-hoc basis from 03 Oct, 2021 onwards.

Ad hoc teachers appointed through a similar process last year have been protesting for the past few months, it may be recalled. The interview has been called and promised several times only to get postponed. These teachers, whose ad hoc terms have expired, are currently demanding that either the interviews be held early or their services extended till the interviews are held and results declared to ensure that students and their own livelihoods are not kept in indefinite limbo.

Meanwhile, at today's meeting, the government also recognised that internet connectivity in several parts of Sikkim were too poor to even allow online submission of applications for the walk-in interviews.

“During the meeting it was discussed that the Department has received numerous applications from persons who could not fill up the online application for the walk-in interview of adhoc teachers owing to the poor internet connectivity in the far-flung areas,” the release states.

The department has said that it has therefore, been decided to open the online application portal for ad-hoc teachers of all categories from 03-15 Sept. The meeting decided to allow applicants to apply offline for the post of teacher on ad-hoc basis in their respective District Education Offices as well.

Further, walk-in-interviews for the posts of Post Graduate, Graduate, Primary, Physical Education & Pre-Primary and Language Teachers on ad-hoc basis are scheduled to be held from 03 Oct onwards and will be taken up by Sikkim State Teachers’ Recruitment Board (SSTRB).

The SSTRB will conduct these walk-in-interviews for the appointment all categories of ad-hoc teachers in a phased manner.

It has also been decided that the walk-in-interview will be conducted centrally at SSTRB conference hall, Syari, Gangtok. The Department has decided that these interviews will be conducted by the SSTRB in order to have smooth and fast results.

Once the teachers are recruited after these interviews, there will be no further interviews for these selected candidates. They will continue working for eight years. Once, they complete the eight-year service, they will be brought under regular establishment after following the "required procedure," the release adds.

Meanwhile, in the event of any vacancy arising due to retirement or any other reasons, the SSTRB will further conduct such interviews on a yearly basis.

The meeting was also attended by Minister for Education, Kunga Nima Lepcha accompanied by the Secretary, Anil Raj Rai, Special Secretary (Administration), Hondala Gyaltsen, Secretary (SSTRB and Director Elementary Education), Bhim Thatal, Joint Secretary (Administration), Lakhi D Bhutia and Deputy Controller of Exams (SSTRB), Asha Khatri, the release informs.