Union alleges violation of RTE Act

ITANAGAR, Oct 22: The All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU) has alleged that several subject teachers have been posted at the offices of the education secretary and the Integrated Scheme on School Education (ISSE).
Engaging subject teachers of maths, science, English, and social science in non-academic duties is in violation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act 2009, the union stated in a press release on Monday.
“The act allows for only three duties for engagement of teachers in non-teaching duties – during censuses, disaster, and election duties (only on polling and counting days),” it said.
The APPDSU claimed that maths TGT Shiv Prakash and English TGT M Kamki are attached to the office of the education secretary while social science TGTs N Siram and Manju Siram have been posted at the ISSE office.
The union said that although work related to the ISSE should be done by ministerial staff, subject teachers are being posted there.
“It is well known to the people of the state that the academic performance of the students in the CBSE examinations in the last two academic sessions was very poor, and one of the main reasons for this was unavailability of subject teachers in the schools,” it said.
The APPDSU also questioned why the APPSC was delaying the recruitment of teachers.
“After the publication of advertisement on 7 June, 2018, there is no sign of completing the recruitment process by the APPSC, whereas the pre-board examination of Class 10 and 12 is knocking on the door,” it said.
The union demanded that the education department remove all the subject teachers attached to the education secretary, the ISSE, and the office of the directorates within 15 days.