Balasore, November 3 (LocalWire): Integrated bachelors and master degree (Int B.Ed-M.Ed) course students, including those who have completed the course and those presently pursuing it at the Fakir Mohan (FM) University, here, staged a demonstration on Saturday to demand that they should be allowed to apply for the teachers’ posts in schools.
The agitators staged a demonstration in front of the old campus of the university from the morning and finally called it off around 8 pm after the university authorities assured them of doing the needful to address their grievances.
According to the students, even though they have completed the M Ed course, they cannot apply for primary or high school teacher’s posts as the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) policy and guidelines has fixed 25 years as the age limit under its eligibility criteria.
The criterion limits the scope for M Ed students, and they can be absorbed only as teacher educators in the teaching schools and colleges or as BEO, whereas the overall number of vacancies for a school teacher is much higher than the other posts in the sector.
“We are not eligible to take exams for a teacher’s post under OTET, CTET, and OSSTET as per the policy of NCTE.
After completing post-graduation, we spent three years doing this course with the aim of taking up a teaching job, but we are barred from taking the exams due to the age limit.
Therefore, the pass outs have not got any job till now,” a second-year integrated M Ed student Sujata Nayak said.
“What is our future? One attains at least 25-years while completing the course and age limit for teacher job is 25 for males,” he stated.
The agitators further informed that they had approached the university as well as the School and Mass Education Department (SME) over their issues and both maintained that they were bound by the guidelines of the NCTE.
They also pointed out that students pursuing an integrated M. Ed course from other universities were also facing a similar situation and would be joining the mass rally in Bhubaneswar on 5 November to highlight their issues.
“We want that the state SME and Education Department take up our issue with the NCTE,” an agitating student stated.
The FM university had launched a three-year integrated M Ed course from 2017 offering 25 seats each for Arts and Science post-graduate students with the first batch of students passing out in 2019.