Educating generations without salary for 3 decades: Teacher couple from Assam finally gets appointment


GUWAHATI: Assam education department under the leadership of minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma handed over appointment letters to 29,701 teachers on Friday. The biggest recruitment drive has brought a ray of hope to many families in the state.

A teacher couple from the Golaghat district is one among them. Dimbeswar Chutia and his wife Khageswari Gogoi have been in the profession since last 3 decades.

While Mr. Chutia has been working at Rengma Tea Estate LP School since 1988, his wife Khargeswri has been serving as the head master at the same school since 1987 without any government recognition.

The teacher couple dedicated their whole life in educating generation after generation despite going through immense financial hardship.

But the massive recruitment drive under the initiative of education minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma has unleashed a ray of light in their lives. Few days prior to their retirement, the couple has finally got their appointment letters from the government.

“I had joined the school in 1987. I have been teaching without a penny. I will retire on December 24, 2021,” said Khargeswari Gogoi.

“I have spent the whole life in teaching because of the love and affection from the students and public,” said Dimeswar Chutia.

The couple thanked minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and the state government for the massive recruitment drive.

On the other hand, Jharna Bahadur Rai who has been serving as a teacher since 1982 became emotional after getting recognised from the state government.

“It feels good when students say ‘Happy teachers’ day’ on that particular day,” said a sobbing Rai at Sarusajai Sports Complex in Guwahati.

“I feel proud when my students get employed in good positions though I was not getting any salary. Today, I would like to express my immense gratitude to the government,” he added.

It is pertinent to mention that in this recruitment drive, posts of 16,484 teachers have been provincialised. The new appointments also include 13,217 Teacher Eligibility Test (TET)-qualified candidates.

Talking to media persons, Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma said, ““During the term of our government, we have crossed the 70 thousand-mark in appointment in the education department alone. Today we have handed over appointment letters to 29,701 teachers including provincialisation and new recruitment.”

Read in Assamese: সৰুসজাইত বিনাবেতনে ৩০ বছৰ ধৰি শিক্ষকতা কৰা এটি দম্পতীঃ ছাত্ৰ-ছাত্ৰীৰ মৰমৰ বাবে এৰিব পৰা নাছিল স্কুল