Gangtok, July 20
Regular B Ed trainees from three B Ed Colleges in Sikkim have demanded for justice to their regular degree. They cry of great injustice due to candidates who have also been getting the same regular B Ed degrees from institutions outside the State without going the regular classes.
This was informed during a press conference here today, which was addressed by a section of regular B Ed trainees from Government B Ed College, Soreng, Loyola College, Namchi and Harkamaya College, Gangtok. The press conference was addressed by Bhuwan Dulal, Puran Khaling, Bandana Gautam, Arjun Sharma and Kaushila Sarki.
Addressing a press conference here today, they informed that as per National Council of Teachers Education norms 2014, atleast 200 working days of physical presence of a B Ed trainee in the institution was compulsory excluding admission and examination to get the regular degree. She added that minimum 75 to 80% of attendance was compulsory for B Ed trainees in the institution.
“We are doing regular B Ed from three B Ed Colleges in Sikkim but nowadays a trend has been going on in the State many have also been getting regular degree even after pursuing the distance education from different institutions outside the State,” they said. They informed that those candidates who works as school teachers on adhoc basis or doing jobs in government departments and even some pursuing higher studies in the universities and also pursuing B Ed course at the same time in institutions outside the State and getting the regular degree of B Ed without going any class.
“But as per the NCT norms 75% attendance was must compulsory to get the B Ed regular degree but they have been getting the regular B Ed degree by working in their workplace throughout the year and just going to their respective institution for the examination by taking the leave of 15 days,” they alleged. They further added that it was like buying degree from the outside. “As we are going the institution on daily basis and doing assignments and teaching practice, making models and teaching aids day and night getting degree but how these candidates have been getting degree just by going to the institution for 15 days to give examination,” they asserted.
They said that this trend has been affecting the regular trainees. “We have been pursuing B Ed to do teaching job and when are applying the department after finishing our course we have been getting the answer of no vacancy as most of the post occupied by candidates got such regular degrees from outside the State,” they said. It is informed that many with such degree got jobs in the recent language and PGT interview.
They alleged that these candidates have been getting the degree by bypassing the NCT norms and if the NCT find out this then it will directly cancel their degree. They stated that this was the big injustice to candidates pursuing regular B Ed and not getting jobs in teaching and numbers of unemployed in teaching sector have been increasing day by day.
Responding to media queries, it is informed that there were two degree in B Ed, regular degree and distance degree but after 2014 due to NCT norms distance colleges for B Ed were removed as this being a professional course and physical attendance of the candidate made compulsory. They added that only IGNOU has been providing this course with provision 2 years teaching experience, graduate degree and Diploma in Elementary Education.
They alleged that the private coaching centres were equally responsible for the trend who has been inviting candidates for the course with big advertisement. They added that Principal and Headmasters were also responsible as how they can leave for 15 days for the examination. They asserted that HRDD and teachers recruitment board of the State need to stay vigil and to do proper verification of such degrees. They informed that some States have already cancel such degrees recently.
“We took this issue to HRDD repeatedly since one year but no positive response received from the department. Recently, we again place this issue to the HRDD Minister and got positive response and we are hopeful with the new government to get the justice in our issue,” they said.