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Teacher shortage crisis: Job aspirants protest state government’s inaction


BY TC News Desk

Agartala, 18th June 2024:   Amidst a severe teacher shortage, the state government’s inaction on filling approximately 6,000 vacancies has sparked widespread concern and discontent. This year’s secondary and higher secondary results have suffered as a consequence, with a notable decline in pass rates compared to previous years.

On Tuesday, 361 hopeful candidates who successfully cleared the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) in 2022 gathered in front of the Education Department to voice their grievances. “We passed the TET exam in 2022 and have been waiting for appointments ever since,” stated one of the protestors. “Despite multiple requests, the officials are not taking any initiative for our recruitment.”

The protestors highlighted the dire situation in the state’s schools, where the shortage of teachers has reached a critical level. “There are 6,000 vacant posts, yet the government is not even hiring the 361 of us who have already qualified,” another protestor remarked. “This is not just affecting us, but also the students who are deprived of quality education due to the lack of teachers.”

The job aspirants emphasized that their protest will continue until the government takes decisive action. “We are still living in uncertainty about our future. Recruiting us will not solve the entire teacher crisis, but it is a step in the right direction,” they argued. “We demand that the government take a positive role in this matter.”

In a bid to expedite their appointment process, the protestors met with an official from the Education Department, pressing for immediate action. The outcome of this meeting remains uncertain, and it is yet to be seen when or if their recruitment process will be completed.

As the teacher shortage continues to plague the state’s education system, the government’s response to this growing crisis is awaited with bated breath by both the aspiring teachers and the students whose academic futures hang in the balance.

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