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400 Hill casual teachers made permanent

Statesman News Service | Darjeeling |

The chairman of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) Board of Administrators, Binoy Tamang, today handed over “approval letters” to 400 higher secondary school teachers, who had been appointed many years ago.

As he handed over the letters at Lal Kothi, the GTA headquarters, Mr Tamang said around 744 teachers from the primary, para teachers, voluntary teachers, among others, will also be given the “approval letters” in the days to come, and that it would be done in a phased manner. “You all have struggled for a long time, but now you can finally be called permanent teachers. After I took charge of the GTA, I had decided that priority would be given to five things, which included education, and we are working towards making the sector better. Today, as part of the same plan, approval letters are being given to you,” Mr Tamang told the teachers.

“I did not take into consideration anyone’s political affiliation. I even noticed people here who are criticizing me in the social media. I only ask from you that after getting the approval letters, you should work for the future of the children and not bunk schools or hire someone on a contract basis to teach the children. I am asking everyone, including the GTA employees, to maintain proper work culture,” he added.