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The untrained teachers in school education department have been left high and dry due to the deadline set by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to complete their B Ed degree in two years.

According to the ministry, the teachers failing to complete the B Ed degree in two years, will lose their job.

As per the official figures, the school education department has 11,748 untrained teachers. Expressing concern over it, the MHRD has asked the department to train the teachers as early as possible.

The remarks, as per the official documents, have been made in the last Project Approval Board (PAB) meeting convened for 2017-18 by secretary education MHRD in March this year.

"It is a serious issue and the state should provide requisite training to these teachers," read the minutes of the PAB meeting.

To provide training to the untrained teachers, the department earlier would allow 200 untrained teachers to go for regular B Ed course in erstwhile college of education, and another 300 would complete the course through distance mode in Kashmir University.

"But from 2014 the number of untrained inservice teachers allowed to go for B Ed course was reduced to only 100 due to which very few teachers were trained," said a group of untrained teachers.

According to untrained teachers, only 400 teachers were trained during past four years. "Had the government continued with the earlier practice, around 2000 teachers would have been trained," they said.

Referring to the statement made by HRD minister, the teachers said, the fault does not lie with them. “It is the state government which is responsible. We cannot get the B Ed degree of our own. It is the government which has to take the effective steps for our B Ed degree,” they said.

The perturbed teachers said: “if we won't be able to get our B Ed degree in two years, we will lose our job. We appeal the government to do the needful to protect our job.”

Director School Education Kashmir (DSEK) G N Itoo said the number of teachers without B Ed degree was not much and “we will ensure that all such teachers are trained as early as possible.”

"Our efforts are to train them within stipulated timeframe. For this purpose, we will take up the matter with Kashmir University to explore as to whether the university could take a special batch of teachers through distance mode," Itoo said.

Meanwhile, sources said a meeting will be convened regarding the issue on Monday.