SHILLONG, Aug 31: 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 â€œdeficitâ€ pattern besides enhancement of salaries.
However, the school teachers under the umbrella of the Federation All Meghalaya Adhoc Secondary Teachersâ€™ Association (FAMASTA) also met the officials of the government before announcing their next phase of agitation.
â€œWe are not satisfied with the steps taken by the government. We were only informed that the matter relating to our demands are being processâ€, FAMASTA president B Kharumnuid told reporters after the meeting.
She said, â€œThe officials however failed to divulge on the issue being taken up by the government saying itâ€™s too difficult to tell nowâ€.
â€œTherefore, we demand the state government to come up with a clear statement on the status of our pending demands,â€ she said adding â€œWe have been taking up the demands since 2006, which the government till date failed to fulfilâ€.
Terming the outcome of the meeting as â€œUnsatisfactoryâ€, Kharumnuid said, â€œThe teachers will continue with their series of agitational programmes, till our demands are achievedâ€
She informed, â€œWe will be holding a pen-down strike from September 10, 11 and 12, which will be followed by a â€˜mass casual leaveâ€™ from September 27 to 28â€.
â€œWe will decide on our future course of actions, if government remains adamant in its attitude towards our demandsâ€, 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 Teachersâ€™ Association (KJDSTA) Sohra zone also staged dharna demanding release of pending 30 percent arrears.