The All Meghalaya Minority Students’ Union (AMMSU) has raised objections to the conversion of a teacher’s post from that of an Assistant Arabic Teacher to that of a general assistant teacher in the Bhaitbari Deficit UP Madrasa School.
The NGO, in a letter to the Sub – Divisional School Education Officer (SDSEO) on November 21, said that the school, which was set up in 1940, had an aim to teach local children Arabic along with other subjects.
“The post was occupied by Abdul Karim as assistant Arabic teacher (Fazil Marif) who retired in January 2019. The post had then been advertised by the SMC for filling up the vacancy on February 20, 2019,” said Nur Islam, the president of the NGO.
However the post was cancelled by the High Court for non- fulfillment of criteria mentioned in the advertisement for appointment of Assistant Arabic teacher in UP School as prescribed by the NCTE (minimum qualification FM and 50% in HSSLC with two years DELeD) and asked for the same to be re-advertised to avoid confusion.
However once again, without mentioning the criterion for the post, the SMC advertised the post on November 17, 2020, which has meant that the post instead of being a specialized Arabic post became a general one.
“Further there is no mention in the RTE Act of MTET being mandatory for the said post for a person to be eligible as Assistant Arabic teacher (for classes I – VII),” said the NGO.
AMMSU thereby demanded that the post be left as it is – that of an Arabic teacher – and to allow the SMC to appoint someone with FM and the other requirements for the post (NCTE and not MTET) instead of a general one.