Deprived of rights, Teachers in Meghalaya go on strike

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Staff Reporter
Hundreds of school teachers Friday staged a one-day sit-in-protest in front of the AIR Shillong office as a move to protest against the indifference attitude of the state government towards their demands for upgradation of all ad-hoc secondary schools to “deficit” pattern besides enhancement of salaries.
However, the school teachers under the umbrella of the Federation All Meghalaya Adhoc Secondary Teachers’ Association (FAMASTA) also met the officials of the government before announcing their next phase of agitation.
“We are not satisfied with the steps taken by the government. We were only informed that the matter relating to our demands are being process”, FAMASTA president B Kharumnuid told reporters after the meeting.
She said, “The officials however failed to divulge on the issue being taken up by the government saying it’s too difficult to tell now”.
“Therefore, we demand the state government to come up with a clear statement on the status of our pending demands,” she said adding “We have been taking up the demands since 2006, which the government till date failed to fulfil”.
Terming the outcome of the meeting as “Unsatisfactory”, Kharumnuid said, “The teachers will continue with their series of agitational programmes, till our demands are achieved”
She informed, “We will be holding a pen-down strike from September 10, 11 and 12, which will be followed by a ‘mass casual leave’ from September 27 to 28”.
“We will decide on our future course of actions, if government remains adamant in its attitude towards our demands”, the president said.
Mentionably, there are over thousand ad hoc secondary teachers from Khasi-Jaintia and Garo hills of the state.
Meanwhile, there was a minor scuffle between the protesters and the police personnel while the teachers were trying to take out a procession through the main thoroughfares of the city though no one was injured in the minor clash.
Meanwhile, Khasi Jaintia Deficit School Teachers’ Association (KJDSTA) Sohra zone also staged dharna demanding release of pending 30 percent arrears.


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