Stating that trade union leaders never presume themselves exempted from teaching, School Education Employees Coordination Committee (SEECC) Wednesday maintained that they were ready to ensure their duties in schools.
Chairman SEECC, Abdul Qayoom Wani, said the trade union leaders however are forced to hijack the administration when their rights are violated by the authorities.
"We never presume ourselves exempted from teaching job. We are ready to render our duties in schools and I will request my friends that better is to be in the classes," Wani said while addressing media persons here.
"I don't talk about exemption from teaching. But trade union leaders are bound to skip classes and hit streets or hijack the administration if our rights are violated."
He said union leaders were given mandate by the teaching community to fight for their rights. "We don't want to be free from duties. We want to render our duties then only we can fight for our rights," he said.
The Directorate of School Education Kashmir (DSEK) on Monday ordered ban on unionism in schools during office hours and decided to take action against the teachers associated with various associations who skip their official duties under the garb of running union activities in educational institutions.
Wani however demanded proper up-gradation of District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) institutes across valley saying that the department has made DIETs as 'dumping' institutes to accommodate their relatives.
"These institutes have become dumping sites for the near ones of the bureaucrats who otherwise fail to deliver in the schools," Wani said, adding that the department has failed to give proper cadres to the teachers who are supposed to train the in-service teachers of the department.
"There is no cadre given to the teachers who are actually meant for giving training to the teachers with the result senior lectures and other qualified staff is taken to these institutes," he said, adding that JK was the only state lagging behind in this move.
"In other states education department has separate staff for giving training to teachers who are shifted from DIET to DIET. They don't take lecturers from schools to train the teachers."
Wani said department should upgrade the DIETs and train the teachers to meet the present challenges. "They should also use these winter months to give accountancy training to DDOs in order to avoid mismanagement of funds in the department," he said.
The SEECC also castigated the department for 'misinterpreting' the High Court (HC) orders issued for conducting screening test of ReT teachers. "As per HC order they have to identify the fake degree holders and take action against them but they can't make every ReT teacher to sit in the screening test," he said, adding that they will support the department in identifying fake degree holders. "But we won't tolerate the screening test for all ReT teachers.
Castigating the department circular that all the ReT teachers who have obtained degrees through distance mode will have to appear in screening test, Wani said, "It is the same department which nominate its in-service teachers for their studies through distance mode. Lakhs of students pursue their degrees through distance mode but the department want to close their opportunities and question the credibility of state universities."
Wani said they will launch a 'massive' agitation on January 30 if the department failed to fulfil the demands of the teachers.
"Salaries of preraks appointed under SBM are without their salaries for past two years and teachers working under SSA, RMSA and NPS are without their salaries for past many months," he said.
He said the transfer policy was misused by the higher ups to accommodate their near ones at convenient postings. "Many teachers are posted in DSEK who are running the department on Facebook. Don't they skip their classes?" Wani asked.