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Meghalaya teachers to hold public rally and launch non-cooperation movement

The teachers have been on the street against the government since March 21 after the government refused to bend down to their charter of demands.

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Shillong: The Federation of All School Teachers of Meghalaya (FASTOM) will host a public rally in the State capital and launched its non-cooperation movement to mount pressure on the Conrad Sangma-led government to implement their charter of demands.

The teachers have been on the street against the government since March 21 after the government refused to bend down to their charter of demands. “We will be intensifying our agitation from tomorrow (Friday) to put pressure on the government to fulfill our demands,” FASTOM Spokesperson, Mayborn Lyngdoh said.

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The teachers are demanding that the salary of the teachers are increased by Rs 18,000 and 5 per cent increment every year for all adhoc categories and upgradation of adhoc schools to deficit-grant schools.

Currently, the monthly salary of a lower primary school teacher is Rs 12,000. The pay of an upper primary, a secondary and a higher secondary school teacher is Rs 16,000, Rs 20,000 and Rs 24,000 respectively. There is no additional allowance for teachers in each of these categories.

Lyngdoh said an agreement was reached with Director of School Education and Literacy, Ambrose Marak to the proposal of the ad hoc teachers for enhancement of their salaries by Rs 18,000 besides a five per cent increment.

However, the FASTOM Spokesperson voiced surprise that the Education official not sent any proposal to the state government on the same despite the agreement Lyngdoh hit out at Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma for failing to fulfil the promise he made in 2019 that the government will examine the demands of the ad hoc teachers.

“We have lost faith in them and we don’t trust the statement of the Chief Minister and Education Minister, Lahkmen Rymbui that the government is examining the proposal and nothing has been done in the past three years,” Lyngdoh said.

There are over 7,090 teachers in 860 adhoc schools including lower primary, upper primary, secondary and higher secondary level. 

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