Jorhat, Sept. 1: More than 650 students of Classes XI and XII of the Government Higher Secondary School at Mon in Nagaland will boycott classes indefinitely from tomorrow in protest against non-filling of vacant posts of teachers at the only government HS school in the eastern Nagaland town.
The students have also decided not to appear for their examination, which is scheduled to begin from September 6.
The president of the Eastern Nagaland College Students’ Union, Amos Konyak, told The Telegraph over phone today that there had been no response to their repeated requests to the authorities to fill the vacant posts.
“The posts of physics and mathematics teachers have been lying vacant since a year now. How can the students appear for their examination when they have been taught just a single lesson in the two subjects last year?” Konyak asked.
He said the union had submitted a letter to the commissioner secretary, school education, on August 20, reminding the authority about the two vacant teachers’ posts in the school but nothing had been done so far.
He said the students’ union has also set a deadline for the authorities to fill up the posts by August 29.
“We have been demanding that the government fill up the posts for several months now,” he said, adding that most of the school’s teachers were enrolled on a contractual basis and the physics teacher who was appointed last year left after three months.
“The mathematics teacher’s post is vacant since over a year now,” Konyak said.
He said the government school, established in 1993, has been facing huge problems since the last few years with the authorities turning a blind eye to repeated requests from students and the union.
“There is no drinking water facility, no proper toilets and insufficient classrooms. The problems are many and the government is simply turning a blind eye,” the union president said.
A member of the Konyak Union, apex body of the Konyak community, said the plight of the students was just an example of the neglect the government shows towards the people of eastern Nagaland districts.
“The roads in Mon town are one of the worst in Nagaland. There are no proper medical facilities, forget about drinking water. And these are the reasons why the people of these parts are demanding a separate state,” he said.
An education department official said there has been no shortage of teachers in government schools but the problem is that some teachers fail to report for duty where they are posted, especially in schools located in remote areas.