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No Urdu teachers appointed though half academic year

New Delhi: This year (2016)’s first academic term is coming to an end, exams have also ended and from next month (November) teaching for second term will start but it is a pity that appointment of Urdu teachers in government schools is not yet done. Though Delhi government has paved the way for the appointment of hundreds of Urdu teachers but so far (October end) no notification in this matter has been issued. It may be stated in this connection that there are only 262 sanctioned posts of Urdu teachers which were made in the year 2013-14, including many posts which already existed; but only 90 teachers out of these (262) were appointed and 172 posts are still vacant and on some of these contract teachers are appointed. In January 2016 Delhi government had announced 9623 posts of teachers of which 152 were for TGT (Trained Graduate teacher) Urdu and 25 posts of PGT (Post Graduate Teacher) Urdu but in spite of that, no (Urdu) teacher has so far been appointed. In addition to these about 1.5 months ago announcement was made by deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia for the appointment of 610 Urdu teachers and 769 posts of Punjabi teachers but so far no appointments have been made (of either Urdu or Punjabi teachers). President of Zarf Educational & Welfare Society, Manzar Ali Khan had strongly demanded of the Delhi government for the appointment of Urdu teachers as announced two months ago. On the other hand, students of some schools including Govt Boys Sr. Sec. School of Old Seema Puri in Yamuna Vihar in complaints made to Federation for Educational Development said that we studied upto 10th class in Urdu medium in this very school but now in 11th class the School’s Principal and teachers are pressurising us to read Sanskrit instead of Urdu on the ground that there is no Urdu teacher in the School. When the Federation’s office bearers met and talked to the Principal about this, she replied that since there is no teacher in this school to teach Urdu, the students are being asked to offer Sanskrit as a subject. Thereafter the Federation’s authorities met Delhi government’s Education Directorate and Delhi govt’s education minister Manish Sisodia, made written complaints about this and demanded arrangements for Urdu teacher/s in this at the earliest. DD (Education) of Nort-East Zone ordered School Principal on 29 August that all Urdu students of 11th class should be provided Urdu education but ignoring DDE’s order the Principal again asked the students to read Sanskrit for the remaining term. Examinations of these students are to start soon and because of this, Urdu students are worried. The Federation, on receipt of second complaint wrote to National Minorities Commission and in a meeting with education minister Sisodia requested him to solve the students difficulties at the earliest. Muhammad Nazrul Islam, convener of Jharkhand’s Urdu Bachaao organisation also made a similar complaint that in a village of this state’s Pakod district there are 713 Urdu medium students from primary to High School but for about 8 years the state government has not been able to arrange syllabus books for Urdu students and no minority leaders also, have done any thing who talk a lot about CNT and SP Act but keep mum on the deprivation of rights of Urdu loving people.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 December 2016 on page no. 14

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