Contractual teachers put stir on hold after govt assurance

Bhubaneswar: Retrenched contractual teachers on Tuesday decided to put their stir on hold following an assurance from School and Mass Education minister Debiprasad Mishra of a fresh notification regarding their reinstatement.

3760 teachers dismissed by the government, met the minister on Tuesday, who promised them to issue a fresh notification on January 7 and appointment letter on March 4.

The problem arising out of the age limit fixed for the applicants was also sorted out. The maximum age limit has been reduced from 42 to 32, Contractual Teachers’ Association president Pradipta Pradhan said after holding meeting with the minister. The applicants, who have passed Bachelor of Education (BEd) before January 28,2015 would also be given another chance for application, Pradhan added.

Similarly, those who were deprived of applying can apply on-line for the same from January 22. The merit list would be prepared by February 3 and accordingly the appointment letter would be forwarded to the selected candidates by March 4, Pradhan revealed.

Notably, the State government had published advertisements in 2014 for recruitment of contractual teachers challenging which several petitions were filed in Odisha Administrative Tribunal (OAT) alleging anomalies in the eligibility criteria related to age, educational qualification and reservation.

The Orissa High Court stayed the order of the Tribunal on June 11, 2015. Despite the stay, the government appointed the teachers on contractual basis. Contempt of court petitions were filed in the High Court acting on which the court served show-cause notices on School and Mass Education Department.

Subsequently, the government informed the court thorough its Advocate General that it would cancel the appointments. Contractual teachers had been on strike ever since the government cancelled the appointments as per its commitment to the court.