Protest mars recruitment exam, History test date refixed

STAFF REPORTER

IMPHAL, 11th Nov: The written exam for recruitment of contract lecturers in government higher secondary schools conducted by Directorate of Education (S) on Sunday was marred by protests of Thang-ta activists who demanded recruitment of contract lecturers for Thang-ta subject as well. The chaos has resulted in the test for the History subject to be rescheduled on November 13. Meanwhile, Joint Action Committee on Thang -Ta Teachers' Recruitment convener Saikhom Shanta cautioned that the state government that the committee will launch intense agitation if the arrested JAC volunteers were not released unconditionally within 24 hours and take up necessary measures for recruitment of contract lecturers for Thang-ta subject. On Sunday, the test for recruitment of contract lecturers in 13 subjects were held at 11 centres starting from 11 am. But at Ananda Singh Higher Secondary School, which was the centre for History subject, JAC volunteers caused disruption by tearing and taking away the question papers after the test started at 11 am. In all 24 activists of the committee were arrested by the police and taken to Porompat Police Station. In aftermath of the protest, the centre was inspected by Education (S) commissioner H Deelep and Education(S) director Th Kirankumar, who were accompanied by numerous police personnel. Considering the situation, Education (S) director and commissioner announced that the test at the centre will be conducted afresh on November 13. On the other hand, candidates felt let down by the way the proceedings went and decried that the Directorate should have kept adequate security personnel to address situations. In connection with the incident, a release by Education(S) director Th Kirankumar said that the written test for the recruitment of contract lecturers was conducted successfully. However, due to a disturbance by KIMACS, the test for History subject at Ananda Singh Higher Secondary School has been deferred and it will be held on November 13 at the said centre from 3 pm to 4.30 pm, the director confirmed.
Another incident also happened at Model Higher Secondary School, Takyel, which was the centre for Political Science and Chemistry. But the situation was brought under control and the exam was allowed to continue.
In the meantime, in a press conference held at Konung Mamang, Pureiromba Khongnangkhong on Sunday, JAC on Thang -Ta Teachers' Recruitment convener Saikhom Shanta pointed out that it has been asking the government to recruit contract lecturers for Thang-ta subject in view of the contract lecturers being recruited by Education (S) for 13 subjects. It had even launched protests in front of the Education (S) office in this regard.
But the government ignored their request and started preparation for conducting the written exam. So, a ban was imposed on the test until efforts were made for recruitment of Thang-ta lecturers as well. Despite that the Directorate went ahead with conduct of the exam on Sunday compelling the volunteers to protest at Ananda Singh Higher Secondary School and Model Higher Secondary School.
Shanta informed police arrested 28 activists of the committee, 24 from Ananda Higher Secondary Academy and four from Model Higher Secondary School. They should be released within 24 hours without any conditions and the government should start process for recruitment of contract lecturers for Thang-ta subject at the earliest. In case of failure, the government should be ready to face intense agitations, he asserted.
LCTT justifies agitation, demands release of Thang-Ta activists On the other-hand, Leadership Council of Thang-Ta (LCTT), Manipur expressed serious concern over disturbances caused to conduct of the written test for recruitment of lecturers and resulted arrest of some Thang-Ta activists.
The Council, however, demanded that the government release all the arrested activists without any condition in public interest.
In a statement, LCTT described the incident as unfortunate while claiming that it occurred due to failure on the part of the state government to recruit lecturers/teachers for the Thang-Ta subject. Many Thang-Ta groups have been demanding the government to recruit Thang-Ta teachers as it is included in the school syllabus as a subject. In this regard, LCTT had already submitted representations to Governor, Chief Minister and Education minister to frame a state policy but in vain. The state government should understand the value of Thang-Ta and its importance to the state, asserted the council.
The council further urged the government and protesting Thang-Ta activists to settle the issue as well as to release all the arrested protesters unconditionally at the earliest.


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