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137 voluntary Hill teachers regularised

Statesman News Service | Darjeeling |

The Education Department of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration Board of Administrators has said it has regularised 137 voluntary teachers and that the state government is positive about regularizing 744 more.

“One hundred and thirty seven voluntary teachers who had been work in high schools and higher secondary schools (across the Hills) have been regularized.

Their verification had been done by the School Service Commission last year, but no appointment had been given,” Education department in-charge, Amar Singh Rai, said in a press statement he issued here today.

“This was possible due to efforts taken by the GTA. At the same time, we are thankful to chief minister Mamata Banerjee and the state education minister Partha Chatterjee for this,” he said.

According to Mr Rai, regularization of 744 more teachers was on the cards.

“Talks are ongoing with the chief minister and the education minister for the regularization of 744 more teachers and we have got positive assurances from them regarding this matter.

We want to bring back the glory the education sector in the Hills once had, for which we are working hard,” he said.

The statement also said that the process for setting up new schools, up-gradation of old schools and colleges and the IT college, among other things, in the GTA area, was underway.