The Delhi Cabinet Wednesday decided that the 17,000 guest teachers working in 1,100 Delhi government schools will be made permanent. Without having to take any separate examination, the teachers will be regularised against the vacant posts. The regularisation of guest teachers was a promise made by the AAP before it came to power. Since then, the proposal had been pending, as it failed to get an approval from the Lieutenant Governor.
Teachers, on several occasions, have protested the delay. This time, however, the government will be presenting the proposal as a Bill, for which a Special Assembly Session has been called on October 4.
Once passed, the Bill will be sent to the L-G for approval. Following the L-G’s approval, it will be sent to the President for his consent to become an Act.
“This time, we are presenting this as a Bill so that there is no hurdle from any quarter,” said a senior government official.
Last month, the government and the L-G had locked horns over the issue since without the knowledge of the government, the Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board (DSSSB) had issued advertisement for recruiting teachers in schools. In the
advertisement, the decision of the Cabinet to give certain relaxation to guest teachers was not approved.
The government wanted that weightage be given to guest teachers during the regularisation process. However, the L-G had just approved the age relaxation clause. Following the stalemate, the advertisement was withdrawn.
Announcing the decision on Wednesday, Education Minister Manish Sisodia said, “I am very happy for the guest teachers. There have been several hurdles in implementing this decision.” He also appealed to the L-G and the BJP to “not put any obstacle and support the cause”.
Now, the only requirement for guest teachers to get regularised is that they must have a Bachelor’s degree in Education, as notified by the National Council for Teachers Education (NCTE). These include the 15,000 guest teachers and 2,000 contractual teachers employed under the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA).
The guest teachers hope that this time the promise, made long ago, will be fulfilled.
“We thank the government for deciding to pass the Bill. It is a very big decision in favour of the teaching community. As soon as the Bill gets passed in the Assembly, we teachers will also go to meet the L-G requesting him to pass the Bill,” said Shoaib Rana, member of the All India Guest Teachers’ Association.