Shillong: The Meghalaya SSA Schools Association in the Press Release issued by its General Secretary Shri Ralbinglang L. Nonglait yesterday informed that the Association will conduct a General Meeting of all in-service untrained Elementary Teachers who still need to do improvement exams in class 12 (HSSLC) and had applied for Online D.El.Ed programme conducted by NIOS in September last week.
This announcement came as the Association received the negative response from MBOSE to the petition of in-service SSA Teachers who applied for improvement HSSLC examination. MBOSE expresses its inability to conduct this improvement examination this year due to its preoccupation with the preparation for upcoming SSLC and HSSLC examinations and the same will be conducted only next year (2020).
Ralbingland L. Nonglait said that the Meghalaya SSA School Association, Central Body since 2017 keep on demanding from the state government and MBOSE to give last chance for in-service untrained teachers teaching at elementary level to appear the improvement exams in class 12 (HSSLC) to acquire 50% for general category and 45% for SC/ST category to fulfill the minimum qualification as mandated under RTE Act, 2009. This move of the Association came after the Amendment to the Section 23(2) of the RTE Act to extend the period to 31st March, 2019 for all in-service untrained teachers teaching at elementary level in the country to acquire professional training has been passed by the Parliament in 2017 .
The urgency of the matter is further added when Anita Karwal Additional Secretary MHRD, DSE&L, Govt of India in a letter sent to all States and UTs on August 3, 2017 stated “Any teachers in the Govt/Govt-Aided/unaided-Private Schools, who does not have the minimum qualification mandated under RTE Act 2009, would not be allowed to continue in-service beyond 1st April, 2019 and procedure for dismissal shall be initiated against such teachers”
Therefore, it is understood how desperate a situation is for such teachers that any delay to conduct such examination will cause dire consequences on their lives. To chalk out further course of action and to take final decision, the General Secretary will call for a general meeting.