TAMIL NADU

ACTA urges Govt. to keep vigil on aided colleges

Bid to convert courses into self-financing ones

Staff Reporter

ERODE: The Aided College Teachers Association (ACTA) has urged the Government to prevent the attempt of some aided colleges to convert aided courses into self-financing courses without the permission of the Government or the universities concerned.

The ACTA general secretary, A. Raja, on Monday, told about the resolutions passed at the State Executive meeting of the association here on Saturday.

Job security

The ACTA said that this attempt not only threatened the job security of the aided college teachers, but also wilfully sought to deny the educational opportunities to poor students.

Using the excuse of unfilled vacancies, some college managements had resorted to this practice, which was in violation of all norms.

The ACTA urged the State Government to enquire into this matter.

The State Executive announced that the ACTA would stage a demonstration on July 1 in Chennai to draw the attention of the Government to the issue.

`Fill up vacancies'

It also urged the Government to fill up all the existing vacancies in the Government and aided colleges.

The association welcomed the scrapping of Common Entrance Test to professional courses in the State and the abolition of improvement system.

The academic burden on the student community would be reduced and the school system at the secondary level strengthened, it said.

The ACTA said that the argument relating to urban-rural divide in education was only a myth and the real divide was between the matriculation schools run for the well-to-do classes on the one hand and the Government and aided schools on the other.

Better facilities sought

The ACTA urged the Government to improve the status of the Government and aided schools by providing more teachers and better facilities.

This would help the students compete with others in achieving better results in Plus Two.

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