STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: All J&K Plus 2 Lecturers’ Forum demanded upgradation of existing State Institute of Education (SIE) into the State Council of Education Research and Technology (SCERT). In a meeting held here on Sunday, Deepak Sharma, State President said that SCERT is an academic authority for improving quality of school education focusing on in-service and pre-service teacher training programmes, research projects, curriculum development, course development, development of publication and dissemination of teaching learning material etc for School Education Department exclusively under the control of Secretary School Education Department. He said that since SCERT is an arena/field of school education, only concerned officers and academicians from school education should be engaged. Plus Two Lecturers’ Forum resented and opposed the recommendations of Committee, headed by Chairperson J&K Board of School Education, constituted to submit recommendations for structure /establishment of SCERT J&K, wherein she recommended engagement of majority of officers drawn from Higher Education Department thus giving undue favours to college teachers as her parent department is Higher Education and neglected the reports of sub-committees/ teams framed and deputed to various SCERTs outside the State for studying functioning/structure of existing SCERTs, wherein it was clearly submitted that majority of faculty/officers in the SCERTs were drawn from the School Education Department only. The Forum members asserted that they would not tolerate transgression of fundamental rights of officers and academicians of School Education Department. Sharma urged upon the Secretary School Education to take up the issue of SCERT on priority and hoped that committee framed under her administrative control, to look into ACP and other issues of Plus Two lecturers, would soon give it a practical shape. Others present in the meeting included N S Jamwal, Charan Dass, Anil Sharma, R S Slathia, Sanjay Bhagat, Pardeep Singh and Anwar Khan.
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