In a good news during Navratri and ahead of Diwali for 17,000 guest teachers in Delhi, the Arvind Kejriwal government has decided to make them permanent. The decision was taken during the Delhi cabinet meeting held yesterday, according to reports. The guest teachers working in 1,100 Delhi government schools won’t have to give any separate examination as they will be regularised against the vacant posts, Indian Express reported. The AAP government will present a Bill in this regard and a Special Assembly Session has been called on October 4. If the Bill gets Assemmbly nod, it will be sent to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal for approval. Once the L-G gives his approval, it will be sent to President Ram Nath Kovind. If the President gives his consent, it will become an ACT.
The issue is a serious one and teachers have in past protested the delay. “This time, we are presenting this as a Bill so that there is no hurdle from any quarter,” a senior government official was quoted as saying.
Last month, the government and the L-G had locked horns over the issue since without the knowledge of the government, the Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board (DSSSB) had issued advertisement for recruiting teachers in schools. In the advertisement, the decision of the Cabinet to give certain relaxation to guest teachers was not approved. The government wanted that weightage be given to guest teachers during the regularisation process. However, the L-G had just approved the age relaxation clause. Following the stalemate, the advertisement was withdrawn.
Education Minister Manish Sisodia yesterday said he was very happy for the guest teachers. There have been several hurdles in implementing this decision, he said this. He also appealed to the L-G and the BJP to “not put any obstacle and support the cause”.
“If the guest teachers who are currently teaching in our schools were to be replaced with fresh candidates, DoE would suffer quite a setback to our education reform process and we would need to re-start the process from scratch,” he said. “Apart from the training programmes that we have invested in, guest teachers have, over the years, acquired skills and competencies essential to working in government schools and if we lose their services the benefit of their experience will also be lost,” Sisodia said.