Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 3:
There is no threat to the jobs of Sikshya Sahayaks (contractual teacher) that have not submitted Odisha Teachers Eligibility Test (OTET) qualifying certificates, said Odisha School and Mass Education (SME) Minister Debi Prasad Mishra speaking to reporters at the Secretariat yesterday.
“The 8000 Sikshya Sahayaks that have not submitted their OTET certificates would not lose their job. They would continue their jobs at their respective schools as usual. The reports published in various newspapers and broadcasted in TV channels are not true,” said Mishra.
“The SME Department has not taken any decision to lay them off. We have only written to the collectors to collect information about them. Permission from the Government and Law Department are necessary before taking such a call,” he added.
Notably, the government had appointed about 17,500 contractual teachers in 2011-12. While there was no mention of OTET certification during the appointment, the government later made it mandatory for the teachers to get themselves certified within a stipulated period of time.
While some of the teachers approached the High Court over the issue, the Court had asked the teachers to get themselves certified by March 2013.
SME Secretary Ranjana Chopra recently wrote a letter to the collectors of all 30 districts asking them to collate information regarding the teachers that have not completed the certification yet.
This letter had wrongly been interpreted by many in the media including us as a message which might lead to the dismissal of nearly 8000 contractual teachers that have not submitted the certificates.