In a new twist to the decision for conducting screening test of Rehabr-e-Taleem (ReT) teachers, minister for education Naeem Akhtar Tuesday said the matter was to be dealt between the state government and High Court.
He said the government had not taken any official decision to conduct screening test of ReT teachers' however the ReT teachers have started believing in rumors spread by some elements.
"It is between government and High Court. Whatever we do will be covered by law," Akhtar told Greater Kashmir.
The development comes after the government Primary and Middle Schools in JK state Tuesday witnessed a thin attendance of ReT teachers who 'remained away' from their schools to press for their long pending demands.
According to the forum around 80 percent of the government Primary and Middle schools remained closed in wake of their call.
"We ensured that all the ReT teachers remain away from schools and didn't attend the classes to mark their protest against the government," Chairman JKReT teachers forum, F A tantray told Greater Kashmir.
The forum has also issued its protest calendar where in separate protests would be held in all the districts.
"We will not end up our strike unless government full fills our all pending demands," Tantray said, adding that ReT teachers' forum demands the release of time bound promotion list and release of pending salaries as early as possible.
"Besides, the High Court order issued for conducting screening test of ReTs should be implemented in letter and spirit. We won't accept any manipulation by the government in the order.
Meanwhile education minister said the delay in release of the salaries was due a fraud played by the previous government.
"I understand their problem. This is not the first time they have to suffer. It is because of the fraud played by the previous government which had landed this entire scheme into mess like every other sector. But we are bringing it out of it," he said.
He said the ReT teachers should not stretch the strike which will force the government to take action against them. "We are at it. And I hope it will be sorted out on a permanent basis and ReTs won't have any alibi to strike work on this pretext," Akhtar said.
The forum will stage protest on November 28 in Kupwara, Baramulla, Bandipora, Rajouri, Poonch and Ramban district. Later on December 1, protests would be held in district Anantnag, Kulgam, Doda and Kishtwar.
"We are ready to face any government action till our demands are fulfilled," he said, adding that they will stage protests in district Pulwama, Shopian, Kathua and Samba on December 2.
He said protests would be held in Srinagar, Ganderbal, Budgam, Udhampur, Reasi and Jammu district on December 3. The Education Minister Naeem Akhtar said the ReT teachers should remain conscious on the impact made by the strike in this society.
"It is not the same society what it was last year. They have resigned from a defunct school system. People are now judging education minister and its entire department including teachers, by their performance," he said, adding that the people want quality education for their children.