SMC floats classified advt seeking private teachers

[ Amar Sangno ]
ITANAGAR, Aug 29: The School Management Committee Chairman of Government Secondary School Pakke-Kessang under East Kameng district, Sunil Nabum has published a classified advertisement on Tuesday seeking private teachers of mathematics and science to teach in the school.
It said that no mathematics and science classes are being held in the school ever since lone Junior Teacher of mathematics, Gemi Angu was promoted to Post Graduate Teacher and subsequently transferred to Government Higher Secondary School Rupa in West Kameng district on June 30, 2017.
“Ever since the teacher was promoted and transferred from our school, no reliever has come so far”, said Sunil.
Apparently, the Education Department’s rationalization of teachers’ transfer and posting is taking a toll on many government schools across the state.
Appalled by the deteriorating education scenario in the school due to absence of subject teachers, the SMC Chairman published a classified advertisement in this daily on Tuesday, seeking private subject teachers for maths and science, who have requisite professional qualifications.
“Observing the current situation in the school, we have decided to advertise positions seeking private teachers who have the requisite degrees of BEd and BSc”, said Sunil.
“For the last two months, no mathematics and science classes have been conducted, and no reliever has arrived yet despite repeated pleas with the Director of School Education”, the SMC Chairman stated.
However, he made it clear that in the published advertisement, the name of Head Master In-charge, Rup Techi Tara was an error. He further clarified that giving an advertisement seeking private teachers is not against the authority, but rather a means to provide quality education.
The SMC classified advertisement looking for subject teachers in local media for the government school is a huge embarrassment for both the Education Department and as well as the Education Minister.
Government Secondary School Pakke-Kessang was established in 1966 and was upgraded in 1992 as a secondary school.
When contacted, DDSE Seppa Kata Rangmo confirmed the shortage of PCM teachers in the said school and informed that despite repeated representations for immediate sending of reliever, the authority concerned has failed to post reliever so far.
Rangmo further informed that the district is facing deficit of subject teachers, especially mathematics and science.
Director School Education, Gania Lazi clarified that the department has already initiated for posting of teachers through rationalization to deficit district, including Government Secondary School Pakke Kessang of East Kameng. However, the DSE did not specify the time frame.
The Education Department effected rationalization of teachers transfer and posting on July 8, while also issuing transfer orders of more than 268 Trained Graduate Teachers from the Capital Complex and 563 teachers from West Siang, East Siang and Lower Subansiri districts, stating that these districts had excessive teachers.
The exercise was carried out in all 3317 schools across the state.
On June 20 last, while convening a coordination meeting with the Education Department, Chief Minister Pema Khandu had urged the department to effect the rationalization of transfer and posting process and he also informed that a resolution was adopted in the state Assembly, wherein all members had agreed to support the state government taking measures to rationalize and streamline the Education Department.