Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: The School and Mass Education department assured revision of minimum qualification for primary teachers from matriculation to Plus II and regularisation of the jobs of Sikshya sahayaks in 6 years.

The move comes following the long standing protests over fulfillment of various demands by teachers association like Odisha Primary Teachers’ Association (OPTA) and the Odisha Shikshya Sahayak Association (OSA).

School and Mass Education department minister Badri Patra held discussions with the teachers’ associations on Monday assuring that the minimum certificate of teaching (CT) qualification for the filling up the primary teachers will be upgraded from matriculation to Plus II.

The government is planning to reform the cadre of the primary teachers. The law and finance department has sought two months time to look into the matter and after it approves the decision, the education department will take necessary steps in this regard, Patra said.

After the Centre provides 60 percent of the funds, the salary of the teachers will be increased.

Similarly, the state government is planning to provide ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to kin of teachers who suffer untimely death and financial assistance of Rs 1 lakh to teachers who suffer complete disability.

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The teachers’ association has welcomed the decision. “The government has assured to regularise as many as 17,000 teachers of 2011 batch, who are yet to be made permanent and modify the post of Shikshya Sahayaks to Junior teachers. After the assurance of the government, we have decided to suspend our cease work protests,” Malay Kumar Jena, OSA president said.