Bhubaneswar, Jul 24 (UNI) The United Teachers Association (UTA) and Orissa State Para Teachers Association (OSPTA) today demanded the government to appoint para-teachers as ''Shikhya Sahayaks''.
UTA president Bikram Kesari Burma and OSPTA president Jagatram Pradhan told newspersons here that around 900 of the total 2000 para -teachers were imparted CT and B Ed.
The teachers were recruited by the selection committee constituted by the District Collector and were working in different primary and upper primay schools for the past eight years.
They alleged that the government was trying to appoint them as mass teachers (Gana Sikhyaks) instead of Sikhya Sahayak.
Both Mr Burma and Mr Sahu opposed the government's move and urged Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to appoint the trained para-teachers as Sikhya Sahayaks by the end of this month.
They argued that the government should consider their demand as the qualification and work of para-teachers was at par with the Sikhya Sahayaks.
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