29 Aug 2016
Education minister Daljit Singh Cheema at a function to honour school and college toppers at PU Regional Centre and Extension Library, in Ludhiana on Sunday
Clear TET to get regularised, says state minister to contract teachers
BREAK-UP Of 35,000 teachers on contract in Punjab 14,000 are working under SSA/RMSA scheme; 7,000 are computer teachers; 7,000 education providers and 5,000 teachers are under education guarantee scheme
LUDHIANA: If the contractual teachers in government schools clear the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET), then they will be regularised said Punjab education minister Daljit Singh Cheema during a prize distribution function at Panjab University Regional Centre cum Extension Library on Sunday.
There are around 35,000 teachers who are working on contract in government schools in state. The teacher eligibility test is scheduled to be held on September 25. Out of 35,000, 14,000 are SSA/RMSA teachers, 7,000 computer teachers, 7,000 education providers, 5,000 teachers under Education Guarantee scheme.
When asked of lecturers posts lying vacant in government schools, education minister Daljit Singh Cheema replied that 600 lecturers to fill these posts have been appointed.
The state government had announced two months ago that it was launching ‘Vidya TV’, but the minister confirmed that due to technical problem the launch has been delayed. After the approval from the broadcasting ministry we will start the channel. Vidya TV will show educational content for the benefit of school going children.
The free coaching for competitive exams is yet to start at the senior secondary residential schools for meritorious and the minister said the coaching will start from next month for the students of Class 11 and 12 to help them clear the entrance exams.
However, Didar Singh Mudki, president of SSA/RMSA Teacher Union, Punjab, said, “When we were recruited in 2008 we had cleared the subject test as TET was not introduced at the time. TET was introduced in 2011. There is no policy that the teachers who are already working in government schools on contract have to clear TET for regularisation. If the government asks contractual teachers to give TET, we will oppose the decision.”
Rajinder Kumar, a resident of Ismal Ganj area reached at the prize distribution function with the poster which raised issue the students of government primary school, Kucha Number 16. The posters showed that students holding placards stating when their school will get atleast basic facilities like benches, toilets and drinking water facility. . Cheema said that the government school matter was in court. EDUCATION MINISTER HONOURS 150 TOPPERS
150 toppers from different schools and colleges of city were honoured by the Punjab education minister, Daljit Singh Cheema in a prize distribution function at Panjab University Regional Centre cum extension library on Sunday. The function was organised by the NGO Sankalp.
Cheema said it was felt that students due to lack of guidance and counseling got stuck in a career for which they do not have aptitude and they waste their education and life while pursuing wrong careers. He said that the students from Class 10 to 12 needed professional counsellors, who could determine their aptitude adopting scientific and psychological tools and guide them to choose a career for according to their aptitude and strength.
Career guidance counsellors in the state have been specially trained by the Punjab government and now each district in Punjab will have one Career Guidance
Counseling Centre. He further informed that the students are sent SMS’s on their mobile numbers, guiding them about career counselling.