BEd, CT degree holders serve 7-day ultimatum to govt

Bhubaneswar: Protesting government’s move to engage retired teachers through guest teacher’s scheme and lack of permanent appointments to fill vacant posts, unemployed BEd and Certificate in Teaching (CT) passouts today staged dharna in front of the State Assembly and gave a seven-day ultimatum to the government to issue notification for appointing them against the vacant posts.

The dharna saw thousands of BEd and CT students accusing the government of being callous towards their issues and demands.

The government is engaging retired teacher in schools as ‘Guest’ faculty while thousands of eligible candidates are still unemployed, said Santosh Sethy, president of Unemployed CT and BEd Degree Holders’ Association.

“The government must realize our plight and issue a draft list in this regard within seven days,” added Sethy.

Earlier, claiming shortage of trained and eligible candidates in the State, the government had launched the ‘teacher-on-call’ scheme on August 17, 2016. It is worthwhile to mention that more than 50,000 BEd and CT students are unemployed while 48,000 posts are lying vacant in high schools and elementary schools across Odisha.