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Mizo Groups Oppose Governor; Centre to Look Into Rights of Assamese

Even though the BJP, in the run-up to the recent assembly polls in Tripura, had vehemently criticised the then Manik Sarkar government for appointing 10,323 government teachers by flouting the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009 and National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) guidelines, 2001, its government has, in a clear U-turn, decided to follow the former Left Front government’s move to file a special leave petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court seeking protection of their jobs.

On March 29, 2017, the apex court, hearing three SLPs – one by the then state government, one by the affected teachers and another by those who would benefit from the termination of those jobs – upheld a 2014 order of the Tripura high court which terminated the services of the teachers recruited by the state government in 2010 and 2013.

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Asking the state government to initiate a fresh recruitment policy through a Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) as prescribed under the RTE Act by May 31, 2017 and complete it by December 31, 2017, it allowed the affected teachers to continue on their jobs till December 31, 2017.

In order to protect their jobs post-December 31, the earlier government, facing a crucial election, recruited those teachers along with some others in various teaching and non-teaching ad hoc positions under the education department for six months, the terms of which would end on June 30.