SHILLONG, March 19: Failure on the part of the state government to address the grievances raised by the students of the Kiang Nangbah Government College (KNGC) within a month will compel them to completely skip all classes.
This decision was announced by the Kiang Nangbah Government College Students’ Union (KNGSU) after it had sought the immediate intervention of the state’s Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui into the matter during a meeting held here on Tuesday.
“We have decided to give the government a month’s time to address our grievances failing which we will be compelled to either shut down the college or boycott classes,” president of the Union Jerina Lamare informed.
In a memorandum submitted to Rymbui, the union has demanded the state government to enhance the remuneration of morning shift teachers, to open the girl’s hostel, to complete renovation of the boy’s hostel and others.
Lamare said that over 1,000 degree students who are attending morning classes have been affected due to the failure of the government to release the salary of the lecturers for the past one year, which led to them being irregular in taking classes.
“Moreover, the remuneration for the morning shift lecturers has remained stagnant at Rs 5,000, which is less than the pay of a daily wage employee. Therefore, we demand the government to release and consider enhancing the salary of the lecturers,” she said.
In this regard, Lamare had said that Rymbui has told the delegation that the non-releasing of salary was due to financial problem faced by the government.
She said Rymbui however assured that action will be taken to ensure that the facilities in the hostels for boys and girls are made accessible to the students.
According to her, the girl’s hostel of the college which was constructed way back in 2012 has remained unutilized till date and this has to a great extent deprived girl students, who have no other option but to opt for private hostels or rented houses.