Staff Reporter

PUDUKOTTAI: The Tamil Nadu Integrated Graduate Teachers’ Association has urged the Education Department to conduct a special counselling for transfer of graduate teachers attached to the middle schools and post them against the vacancies in high and higher secondary schools.

All the graduate teachers attached to the middle schools should be transferred from the jurisdiction of the Directorate of Elementary Education to that of the School Education, so as to be eligible for promotional opportunities.

In a statement issued here on Saturday, the president of the Association, C. Muthusamy, said that the special counselling should be conducted before the Education Department executed its plan to recruit candidates for filling up the post of graduate teachers lying vacant in high and higher secondary schools.

The graduate teachers, attached to middle schools, were deprived of the promotional opportunities to the next higher grade of Post Graduate teachers, as they fell under the jurisdiction of the Directorate of Elementary Education.

On the other hand, the direct recruitment and posting of teachers at high and higher secondary schools, by virtue of their service conditions under the Directorate of School Education, would further bring down the prospects of their promotional opportunities.

To tide over the discrepancy in promotional opportunities, the senior graduate teachers of middle schools should be transferred through a counselling and brought under the jurisdiction of the Directorate of School Education, he said.

He also pleaded for exemption for teachers from the ambit of the Participatory Provident Fund and implement the old pension scheme. The association has also decided to contribute its might to the Sri Lankan Tamil Refugees’ welfare fund.

A meeting was held here on Saturday, in which the association adopted resolutions in support of the above demands. The State co-ordinator, Manikandan; the district secretary Pazhanisamy spoke.

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