Peoples Democratic Front (PDF) president and Awami Muthida Mahaz (AMM) leader, Hakim Muhammad Yasin Sunday urged the state government not to generalize the 'screening test' issue of Rehber-e-Taleem (ReT) teachers and instead allow the normal functioning of schools.
"Due to the government's decision the schools have become defunct. Already education sector in Kashmir has been hit hard due to floods and political uncertainty and this is the peak of academic session. Government should not misinterpret the order of High Court and instead make it sure that justice is done to the teachers," Yasin said in a statement.
"The court has not said in its order what the government is interpreting. A large number of ReTs were recruited during Mufti Sahab's first tenure as Chief Minister. A teacher who has been recruited 10 or 15 years back is asked to give competence test now which is disgraceful for a teacher at this stage. Teaching is a respectable profession and by playing with such a noble profession government is doing injustice with the teaching community," Hakim Yasin, who is MLA Khansahib, added.
He advised the government to close this 'Pandora box' and allow schools to function normally.
"If there are any institutes that are issuing fake degrees, government should take stern action against them. But it (government) shouldn't punish poor teachers for someone else's misdeeds," the AMM leader said.
He also condemned the police action on agitating ReTs and said nothing can be more misfortune for a nation than to subjecting its teachers to humiliation and doubting their capabilities.
The MLA Khansahib appealed the agitating ReTs to resume their teaching work and solve their issue with government amicably. He also assured his full support to them.