Stating that education system in Jammu and Kashmir needs reformation, BJP on Sunday threw its weight behind Education Minister Naeem Akhter and said that screening test for Rehbar-e-Taleem (ReTs) teachers should be held.
J&K government's decision to hold a screening test for Rehbar-e-Taleem (ReT) teachers in Jammu and Kashmir has hit a deadlock as teachers continue to demand revocation of the order.
Announcing the government's stand on the issue, Minister for education Naeem Akhtar clearly stated that the screening test order will not be withdrawn.
"Our education system is totally rotten and it needs urgent reformation," BJP spokesman, Khalid Jehangir told Greater Kashmir. "It needs change."
He said that BJP full endorses the decision of the screening test for teachers. "We are part of the government and we fully back the decision taken by the government," Khalid said. He said that at the same time, the issues between teachers and government need to be resolved amicably. "There is ample need to shun the path of confrontation and matters should be resolved while sitting on the table."
He said education system in J&K is totally rotten. "Not only screening test but other measures should be taken to fix the system," he said adding that governments motto is to give better education to children of J&K. "At the same time teachers community must not face difficulty."
Pertinently, from mainstream leaders to separatists, everybody is throwing their weight behind the Rehbar-e-Taleem (ReTs) teachers after the government ordered a screening test for around 65,000 teachers who were appointed in past 15 years.
The issue has also triggered war of words between the People's Democratic Party and Opposition Party National Conference. Former chief minister and National Conference working President Omar Abdullah has questioned J-K Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed whether he checked the "qualifications of the leaders before sending them to Rajya Sabha". "So before PDP questions the hard-work, competence and dedication of 65,000 qualified RET teachers, it should do some serious introspection in the same context," Omar has said.
Earlier last week, hundreds of the Rehbar-e-Taleem teachers fought police on the streets of Srinagar who were protesting revocation of the order. Several teachers were injured in the clashes and one Sikh teacher has been shifted to Chandigarh for specialized treatment .
Soon after the government announcement, Chairman of JK ReT teachers' Forum Farooq Ahmad Tantray has said that the screening test of ReT by the government is a "humiliation" to "65000 teachers".
"No teacher is scared to sit in any test because everyone was selected on merit but it is a humiliation for us that we have been asked to appear in the Teacher eligibility Test (TeT) even after giving years of service," he said. "We will not accept the government order under any circumstances."
However, despite protests and the criticism, the state government had said that they will go ahead with the screening test. "The Government is only complying with the orders of the High Court which has directed the government to conduct the screening test and also act strictly against the issue of fake certificates," Education Minister, Naeem Akhtar has said. "Let there be protests. But we will not withdraw the order and dates for the exams would be announced soon."