Shillong, Aug. 21: School and college teachers in Meghalaya are up in arms against deputy chief minister Roytre Christopher Laloo and have announced a series of agitation to make their voices heard.
The Joint Action Committee of All Teachers’ Associations of Meghalaya, comprising 10 schools and college teachers’ associations, is miffed with Laloo, who also holds the education portfolio, for his refusal to meet them for a dialogue on several issues pertaining to his department.
“Although we have been trying to meet the deputy chief minister, till date he has refused to meet us. Instead, he asked us to meet his officers who, in fact, cannot take decisions on policy matters,” association president E.D. Nongsiang said.
To start with, the teachers will wear black badges on August 27, which will be followed by a pen-down strike on August 29.
Teachers will take mass casual leave on September 3 to be immediately followed by a dharna on the following date. On September 5, which also happens to be Teachers’ Day, they will hold a public rally here.
After culmination of the first phase of agitation, the teachers will announce their second phase of programmes on Teachers’ Day itself.
Nongsiang said some of the issues the teachers had desired to raise with Laloo relate to education policy, reformation of the Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBoSE), regular payment of salaries to teachers and provincialisation of teachers’ service.
These associations relate to teachers belonging to deficit and ad hoc schools and colleges in the state.