Over 20,000 candidates selected as teachers in government schools received their appointment orders at a function here on Thursday.
At the function held on the YMCA Grounds in Nandanam, 20,920 teachers received their orders. Candidates from Madurai, Virudhunagar and Dindigul were brought to the venue between 12.30 am and 4 am for the function.
“About 800 of us were brought in buses which reached Chennai around 10.30 pm on Wednesday. After a brief stay at a school in Pallavaram, we came to the venue at 12.30 am [on Thursday],” said a graduate.
“After half an hour, we were asked to vacate the venue and wait outside in pandals as the police wanted to screen every one of us for security check. We stayed outdoors in the cold on some tarpaulin sheets till they let us in,” said another graduate from Usilampatti in Madurai.
With women outnumbering men, the candidates had to manage with limited number of toilet facilities in the campus and some mobile toilets at the venue, they said.
Thirty-six candidates were personally given appointment letters by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and the others received the letters from Ministers.
“ Had I known that the [school education] department would treat us like this, I would have preferred to obtain the appointment letter from the district education officer himself,” said a candidate from Ramanathapuram.
But all their travails ended the minute the Chief Minister came up on stage to a huge round of applause. The applause was repeated frequently, until she ended her speech by congratulating the teachers on their selection on merit.
Many candidates agreed that the counselling was transparent and they were able to get teaching posts in their own districts until all the vacancies were filled, and thereafter, they could choose postings in neighbouring districts.
Ms. Jayalalithaa, listing her government’s achievements and narrating a few tales, highlighted the importance of allowing students to choose their subjects as that alone would help them perform better.
The Chief Minister also presented free uniforms, geometry boxes, crayons, school bags, shoes and maps to 16 students at the function. In all, 92 lakh students in the State will receive the gifts. Ms. Jayalalithaa enjoyed a cultural programme put up by students for about 30 minutes.