ANDHRA PRADESH

AISF sees political motive behind DSC notification

TIRUPATI Nov. 13. The All India Students' Federation (AISF) sees the `snap poll fever' as the reason behind the swift announcement by the Government on filling 16,000 teacher posts and the subsequent issue of DSC notification.

Addressing a media conference here on Thursday, the AISF national vice-president, G. Eswaraiah, said the Government was clearly in a haste to fill vacant posts before elections and the notification was just a `prey' to woo the unemployed lot.

While the Government had agreed to comply with the NCTE's term of filling 20,000 teacher jobs a year while securing its nod to start scores of B.Ed colleges in the State, it had never adhered to the figure. Further, these posts were only vacancies arisen due to various factors, say retirement and deaths, while 1.2 lakh more posts had to be created to match the stipulated student-teacher ratio, which he dared the Government to take up if it was really interested in improving the system.

The State general secretary, N. Raja Reddy, flayed the Government for doing nothing to book the culprits responsible for the scam in the Intermediate Board and instead trying to muzzle and arrest students protesting against it.

The AISF plans to hold a `Chalo Hyderabad' on November 21 to press for its demand for a judicial inquiry into the scam.

Meanwhile, on a State-level call by student unions affiliated to Left parties, students besieged the Collectorate at Chittoor yesterday, protesting against what they called the undemocratic attitude of the Government in caning, arresting and framing charges on student leaders.