The teachers union is protesting against the mandatory competency test for teachers employed in Bihar. Actually, in the Bihar School Special Teacher Rules, 2023, a provision was made that the employed teachers will get the status of state employees and they will have to appear for a minor examination for this. Meanwhile, a decision came from the committee constituted under the chairmanship of KK Pathak which shocked the teachers, in which it was said that teachers who fail thrice in the competency test will be removed from service. Boycotting this decision, the teachers union had decided to gherao the assembly on 13 February.
Director of Secondary Education Kanhaiya Prasad Srivastava has written to all the District Education Officers directing them to boycott the competency test and take disciplinary action against the teachers who participated in the demonstration in front of the Legislative Assembly on February 13.
It is written in the letter that the school is open on 13th February. In such a situation, if teachers leave the school and join such protest, it will be clear that they are creating obstruction in the teaching work in the schools. In the letter, clear instructions have been given to the District Education Officers that if any kind of protest program is organized by the teachers employed in the district, then necessary action should be taken considering them as illegal gathering under Section 141 of the IPC. Along with this, it has been said to register an FIR against the teachers under Section 186 and Section 187 of the Indian Penal Code and other relevant sections. By identifying the teachers who participated in the protest, strict disciplinary action will also be initiated against them under the provisions prescribed in the departmental manual.
Let us inform that the date of competency examination for making the employed teachers of Bihar as state employees has been announced. Bihar Examination Board (BSEB) will conduct competency examinations between February 26 and March 13. According to the Education Department, applications have been invited for the first competency examination 2024 of local body teachers from 01 February 2024 to 15 February 2024 through online medium. This examination will be conducted 4 times and every teacher will have to pass any one of the three examinations. The first competency test of employed teachers will be conducted on 26 February.