Jorhat, Sept 3: Students of Government Higher Secondary School, Mon, in Nagaland took out a rally today and staged a protest in front of the district education office, demanding immediate filling up of vacant posts of teachers in the only government higher secondary school in the eastern Nagaland town.
Altogether 689 students of the school have been boycotting classes since yesterday. They have also decided not to appear for their examination, scheduled for Friday.
The president of the Eastern Nagaland College Students’ Union, Amos Konyak, said the students, led by members of the union and the Konyak Students’ Union, took out a rally in the main thoroughfare of the town and later staged a protest. “Students will not attend classes unless teachers for the vacant posts are recruited,” he added.
The posts of physics and mathematics teachers in the school have been lying vacant for over a year now. Amos said the students would launch a series of agitation after Thursday. They had staged a peaceful sit-in on Monday.
The students gathered on the school campus and held placards, some of which read “Is this how we learn? No class no exam” and “Give us our right”. They said they were forced to take the step as their plea to appoint sufficient teachers had gone unheard.
The school, which was set up in 1993, also has insufficient classrooms and lacks basic necessities like drinking water and toilets.
Salary demand: Besides shortage of teachers in schools, the state government also faces the problem of non-payment of salaries to over 3,000 teachers for the past three months.
The All Nagaland School Teachers’ Association has warned the government that it would resort to agitation if the salaries of teachers, who were appointed under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, are not given at the earliest.
The ANSTA said despite non-payment of their salaries, the teachers are still regular and sincerely perform their duties. It urged the government not to use the teachers’ salary component for other purposes. The association said it would close down all government schools in the state if salaries were not released soon.
ANTSA said the monthly salary for teachers under SSA was Rs 6,53,91,536 and that SSA authorities on May 23 last had credited Rs 19,49,84,451 to the school education account for paying the allowances. The credited amount exhausted after paying the salaries from March to May. The government is also yet to release the salaries of its work charged employees in other departments too for many months.