HUndreds of teachers who had cleared teacher eligibility test (TET), a must for getting jobs in government schools since last year, blocked traffic on GT Road near Jalandhar bypass for about two hours on Sunday afternoon. They alleged that more than 9,000 teachers who had cleared TET since July 2011 had not been given jobs till now.
The protest was held under the banner of TET Unemployed Teachers’ Association.
Amandeep Singh, state president of the association, said, “The government is playing gimmicks with us. Recently, they advertised 1,313 posts of science teachers, but there are only 13 science teachers who have cleared this test. So the remaining posts will remain vacant. In maths, more than 900 posts were advertised but only 611 maths teachers had cleared the test. In Hindi, more than 1,100 teachers have cleared TET, but no post has been advertised so far.”
In Punjabi, 2,500 had cleared the test, but the posts advertised were 443. For social studies, 5,000 had cleared the test, but posts advertised were only 1,573, he added.
The teachers held a public rally at Dana Mandi and later blocked traffic for about two hours. They demanded that they should be given appointment letters because they had cleared the pre-requisite test for getting a job in government schools.