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SSA, RMSA teachers agitation continue in Manipur


Newmai News Network

Imphal | January 14

 

Striking Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) teachers submitted a memorandum to the office of the director of Manipur Education (School) director in Imphal on the second day of their cease work strike.

 

The memorandum stated that they will not take part as invigilators, flying squads, observers and evaluators for the upcoming Board of Secondary Education and Council of Higher Secondary Education Manipur examinations.

 

It also said that they will not attend training programs and will not perform duties at the places they are posted. The teachers will not participate in the 'School Fagathansi' mission of the state government.

 

It can be noted here that teachers of the government schools appointed under Central sponsored SSA and RMSA schemes commenced their cease work strike on Monday under the aegis of Joint SSA and RMSA Teachers' Association Manipur (JSRTAM).

 

On the second day of the strike, a large number of teachers converged at the office of the director and submitted the memorandum, saying that they have commenced their indefinite cease work strike from Monday.

 

After submitting the memorandum, the teachers declared that they will abstain from discharging their duties as invigilators in the upcoming Class X and Class XII exams to be conducted by Board of Higher Secondary Education Manipur (BOSEM) and Council of Higher Secondary Education Manipur (COSEM).

 

The exams are due to begin from the last week of January.

 

A member of the agitating JSRTAM, announced that the teachers will not retreat from their agitation until and unless government comes up with a permanent solution to their demands. “Unless a permanent solution is reached, we are going to not stop the agitation. Government must give its firm commitment to our demands,” he also said.

 

The teachers have been demanding the release of pending salaries, to regularise their monthly salaries, to introduce promotion avenue with the same level as that of other teachers of state Education department and to absorb the teachers as state cadres.

 

The teachers alleged that they are not paid regularly and the salaries are not paid for six months.

 

“We receive our salaries only for two or three months in a year. Our service has no promotion facility,” a teacher said.

 

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