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KASARGOD: The LDF government has again appointed a non-Kannada speaking teacher to a Kannada middle school in Kasaragod district. And furious parents and students once again took to the streets in protest.

At around 12:45 p.m. on Friday, Mohammed Shijeer S (36) from Attingal in Thiruvananthapuram district reported to Angadimogar Government Higher Secondary School in Puthige panchayat to join as a physical education teacher in the Kannada division.

The problem is that he can’t speak a word in Kannada, let alone teach in Kannada.

The students, who were leaving school after taking their Onam exams, sensed his arrival and called their parents. Together they launched a massive protest and did not allow Shijeer to take office.

“There will be a bigger protest on Monday. People will not allow him to take office,” said CPM leader and Puthige Panchayat chairman Subbanna Alva.

The students said they would not take Monday’s exam if Shijeer showed up on Monday.

“We will not allow the government to gamble with our children’s future. How can the PSC send ineligible teachers to our school? said PTA chairman Mohammed Basheer, referring to the state government’s recruitment agency, the Kerala Public Service Commission (PSC).

The school has around 1,000 students in the Kannada and Malayalam sections. Shijeer is to teach physics, chemistry, and biology to students in grades 8, 9, and 10 in Kannada Division.

He does not know Kannada but he came with the appointment order from Deputy Director of Education (DDE) Pushpa KV, director Shahul Hameed said.

Pushpa said she was forced to issue the appointment order because Shijeer came with an order from the Administrative Court of Kerala.

Kerala PSC, after finding him eligible to teach in Kannada, gave Shijeer the job board memo to teach Physical Science at Kannada Middle School in Kasaragod.

Based on the vacancy, DDE appointed him to Moodambail Government High School in Meenja grama panchayat on October 30, 2019. But parents and students found out that Shijeer did not know Kannada and did not allow him to join.

Shijeer then asked DDE to give him a job in their office. But as nothing was planned, the DDE transmitted its letter to the Directorate of General Education of Thiruvananthapuram.

The Directorate of General Education extended his date of joining and asked him to join the Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysuru for a 10-month diploma course to master Kannada.

The management assured him that he would be appointed to a Kannada middle school after completing the Kannada language course.

But instead of going to Mysuru, he sent petitions to the Chief Minister, the State Human Rights Commission and the Administrative Court of Kerala.

“The department told the court that he did not know Kannada and he was not fit to teach in a middle school in Kannada. But the court rejected us,” DDE Pushpa said.

The court said that Shijeer passed the competitive examination and was recommended by the PSC Kasaragod district officer for the post of secondary school teacher at a middle school in Kannada. But as he filed an affidavit saying he could neither read nor write in Kannada, he should be allowed to attend the 10-month course at the Mysuru institute after joining the Angadimoger school, said said the court.

He also ruled that he should receive the salary and all the benefits of the job.

Based on the court order, the DDE gave him the appointment order on August 19 and asked him to join in 10 days.

“The 10th day ends on August 29. Relatives and people will not allow him to join,” panchayat president Alva said.

Education officials said Shijeer insisted on continuing in school until he was admitted to the Mysuru language institute.

“We cannot allow this. We can hire an ad hoc teacher who only knows Kannada if he goes on leave. We cannot keep him here, pay his salary and deny education to our students,” said a manager.

About 10 non-Kannada speaking teachers have been appointed to Kannada middle schools based on advice from the PSC.

And each time, the government ignored the plight of the students and their parents’ protest and pushed for the nomination.

“This is a gross injustice to students and reflects the neglect facing the district,” said Saritha SN, CPI Officer and Chairperson of Panchayat District Standing Committee for Education and Health.
“The CPS cannot thoughtlessly fill positions in Kasaragod, especially in remote Kannada-speaking areas,” she said.

The least the PSC could do was check whether the candidate knew Kannada, said Ajayakumar Kodoth, a former member of the PSC.

“When the case came to court, the court could have hired a linguist and checked if he knows Kannada. In the end, it is the poorest children who are going to suffer because of these administrative decisions “, did he declare.

Phone calls to Director of General Education Jeevan Babu K, who was previously Kasaragod District Collector, went unanswered.

KASARGOD: The LDF government has again appointed a non-Kannada speaking teacher to a Kannada middle school in Kasaragod district. And furious parents and students once again took to the streets in protest. At around 12:45 p.m. on Friday, Mohammed Shijeer S (36) from Attingal in Thiruvananthapuram district reported to Angadimogar Government Higher Secondary School in Puthige panchayat to join as a physical education teacher in the Kannada division. The problem is that he can’t speak a word in Kannada, let alone teach in Kannada. The students, who were leaving school after taking their Onam exams, sensed his arrival and called their parents. Together they launched a massive protest and did not allow Shijeer to take office. “There will be a bigger protest on Monday. People will not allow him to take office,” said CPM leader and Puthige Panchayat chairman Subbanna Alva. The students said they would not take Monday’s exam if Shijeer showed up on Monday. “We will not allow the government to gamble with our children’s future. How can the PSC send ineligible teachers to our school? said PTA chairman Mohammed Basheer, referring to the state government’s recruitment agency, the Kerala Public Service Commission (PSC). The school has around 1,000 students in the Kannada and Malayalam sections. Shijeer is to teach physics, chemistry, and biology to students in grades 8, 9, and 10 in Kannada Division. He does not know Kannada but he came with the appointment order from Deputy Director of Education (DDE) Pushpa KV, director Shahul Hameed said. Pushpa said she was forced to issue the appointment order because Shijeer came with an order from the Administrative Court of Kerala. Kerala PSC, after finding him eligible to teach in Kannada, gave Shijeer the job board memo to teach Physical Science at Kannada Middle School in Kasaragod. Based on the vacancy, DDE appointed him to Moodambail Government High School in Meenja grama panchayat on October 30, 2019. But parents and students found out that Shijeer did not know Kannada and did not allow him to join. Shijeer then asked DDE to give him a job in their office. But as nothing was planned, the DDE transmitted its letter to the Directorate of General Education of Thiruvananthapuram. The Directorate of General Education extended his date of joining and asked him to join the Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysuru for a 10-month diploma course to master Kannada. The management assured him that he would be appointed to a Kannada middle school after completing the Kannada language course. But instead of going to Mysuru, he sent petitions to the Chief Minister, the State Human Rights Commission and the Administrative Court of Kerala. “The department told the court that he did not know Kannada and he was not fit to teach in a middle school in Kannada. But the court rejected us,” DDE Pushpa said. The court said that Shijeer passed the competitive examination and was recommended by the PSC Kasaragod district officer for the post of secondary school teacher at a middle school in Kannada. But as he filed an affidavit saying he could neither read nor write in Kannada, he should be allowed to attend the 10-month course at the Mysuru institute after joining the Angadimoger school, said said the court. He also ruled that he should receive the salary and all the benefits of the job. Based on the court order, the DDE gave him the appointment order on August 19 and asked him to join in 10 days. “The 10th day ends on August 29. Relatives and people will not allow him to join,” panchayat president Alva said. Education officials said Shijeer insisted on continuing in school until he was admitted to the Mysuru language institute. “We cannot allow this. We can hire an ad hoc teacher who only knows Kannada if he goes on leave. We cannot keep him here, pay his salary and deny education to our students,” said a manager. About 10 non-Kannada speaking teachers have been appointed to Kannada middle schools based on advice from the PSC. And each time, the government ignored the plight of the students and their parents’ protest and pushed for the nomination. “This is a gross injustice to students and reflects the neglect facing the district,” said Saritha SN, CPI Officer and Chairperson of Panchayat District Standing Committee for Education and Health. “The CPS cannot thoughtlessly fill positions in Kasaragod, especially in remote Kannada-speaking areas,” she said. The least the PSC could do was check whether the candidate knew Kannada, said Ajayakumar Kodoth, a former member of the PSC. “When the case came to court, the court could have hired a linguist and checked if he knows Kannada. In the end, it is the poorest children who are going to suffer because of these administrative decisions “, did he declare. Phone calls to Director of General Education Jeevan Babu K, who was previously Kasaragod District Collector, went unanswered.