SHILLONG, May 09: The services of 12,481 teachers working in the different SSA schools across Meghalaya need to be regularized according to the Meghalaya Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Schools’ Association (MSSASA) which has urged the state government to take steps in this regard.
In a statement issued here on Wednesday, MSSASA president Aristotle C Rymbai said that these teachers were actually supposed to be recruited by the state education department on regular basis with same salary and service condition as of the state budget teachers.
He pointed out that the Government of India has clear cut norms and guidelines under SSA wherein State/Union Territories are given financial support of salary of teachers with a condition these posts of teachers shall be created in States/UTs Education Department on regular basis with same salary and service conditions as of State budget teachers.
Rymbai however said that in Meghalaya, it was found that the state government had committed a ‘mistake’ since day one of implementation of the SSA flagship programme and is continuing to commit the same mistake till date by allowing creation of these posts under the State SSA Implementation Society known as the SSA State Education Mission Authority Meghalaya on contractual basis.
He said due to this the different service arrangement have been spelt out and 5766 Primary Teachers and 6715 Upper Primary teachers recruited under SSA were posted only in SSA supported Schools in the State.
Rymbai further stated that Para 21, sub para (21.1) of SSA Manual on Financial Management and Procurement, clearly says - “the teachers under sanctioned post of SSA are to be appointed by Education Department as SSA is not separated but is an additionality to States/UTs over and above the expenditure on elementary education.”
The MSSASA president further informed that during the meeting with the Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma on April 4, last month, the delegation of the association had urged the government on the urgent need to address this issue so that there will be no discrimination arise further in salary and service condition and also in the selection process of teachers.
“He (Conrad) had assured us that he would examine the matter and discuss it with the minister in-charge and officials of the education department for further actions,” Rymbai said.