SHILLONG, Nov 27: Seeking the immediate release of their pending arrears, SSA teachers of the state have threatened to embark upon a mass movement if the state government pays no heed to this demand.
The decision to resort to this mass movement was made after the state government under the leadership of Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma had failed to pay heed to repeated requests made by the teachers under the banner of the Meghalaya Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Schools’ Association (MSSASA).
“We have decided to serve an ultimatum to the state government to release all the pending arrears and salary within December 8, failing which the association and the 12,481 SSA teachers will resort to mass movement,” MSSASA president Aristotle C Rymbai said in a statement issued here on Monday.
He said the memorandum on this regard was submitted to the state government through the State Project Director (SPD) SEMAM-SSA Ambrose Ch. Marak.
According to him, the pending dues include eight months arrears for the year 2016-17 from July 1, 2016 to February 28, this year and four months salary of current academic year from August to November.
“Due to this, the teachers are left without money to clear their kids school fees, electricity bills, house rent, and no money to buy even medicines apart from meeting their daily needs,” he said.
He said that the Association had submitted representations to the State Government on multiple times in this regard but unfortunately there have been no response from the government.
“This reflects that the State Government is irresponsible on the issues and problems faced by the SSA teachers in the State,” he added.
Rymbai also alleged that the state government has turned a deaf ear to the directive of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) which said that the State Government is to manage funds from State Budget for implementation of SSA activities.
He also alleged that the state government even failed to respond to the letters send by officials in the education department for releasing adequate funds to SEMAM-SSA from the state budget so that it will be in a position to clear all pending dues to SSA teachers.
“This also clearly indicates that the State Government does not want to shoulder its responsibility mentioned at Section 7(5) of the RTE Act 2009, if in each and every quarter we have to come out on the road to protest and demand for our salary, we may say teachers or teaching profession has no value,” Rymbai added.