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Solemn outlook on Teachers’ Day

Shillong, Sept. 4: Teachers’ Day celebrations in Meghalaya tomorrow will be marked with a public meeting here where thousands of school and college teachers will converge to vent their ire against the “adamant” attitude of the powers-that-be.

In the past few years, Teachers’ Day in Meghalaya has never been held in a cordial manner with teachers utilising the occasion to show their anger towards the government for its “indifference” towards their demands.

In the run-up to tomorrow’s meeting to be held at Malki ground, a sit-in was held across the state today which affected functioning of schools and colleges.

Teachers of deficit and ad hoc schools and colleges in the state under the banner of the Joint Action Committee of All Teachers’ Associations of Meghalaya (JACATAM) held sit-ins at various places, including the city, and other parts of the state.

The committee is an umbrella body of school and college teachers’ associations under deficit and ad hoc system.

In the city, thousands of teachers assembled at Students’ Field, Jaiaw, here from 10am to 2pm. Similar demonstrations were held in various zones and district headquarters of all the 11 districts in the state.

Yesterday, the teachers took mass casual leave which affected the functioning of 4,047 schools spread across 11 districts.

Deputy chief minister Roytre Christopher Laloo, who is also in charge of the education department, is yet to show any inclination to hold a dialogue with the agitating teachers.

The teachers have been looking forward to either hold discussions with Laloo or chief minister Mukul Sangma on issues pertaining to reforming the Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBoSE), regular payment of salaries to teachers and provincialisation of teachers’ services.

The JACATAM is likely to announce its third phase of agitation tomorrow at Malki ground.