NSF asks SSA teachers and DSE to ‘put heads together’

KOHIMA, MARCH 11 (MExN): The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) has expressed “serious concern” for “non-payment of salary to 2730 SSA teachers which has forced the SSA teachers to show their resentment in the form of agitation resulting in disruption of normal functioning of schools in all districts.”

A press release from Assistant General Secretary of NSF, Christopher Ltu, and NSF Secretary Education, Bangdi Chawang, informed that the Federation officials met Department of School Education (DSE) and SSA officials on March 11, where they were told that “the department is expecting the release of 2nd installment of SSA funds within 2-3 weeks time from the centre.” The Federation, as per the release, urged the DSE to give a time-bound assurance to the Nagaland SSA Teachers’ Association (NSSATA) for the release of their pending salary, based on which “the NSSATA should also resume their normal classes in the interest of the students.”

“At this juncture, blaming one department or the other for the delay in processing the SSA file in the MHRD or for the inability in releasing salary to the teachers will not going to solve this grieve problem,” the NSF observed. It advised the stakeholders to “put their heads together and clear the mess they themselves have created.” It asked for the department concerned to solve the problem at the earliest, “failing which the department should be answerable for spoiling the careers of thousands children.”

The NSF also urged the Education Department to “expedite the exercise of mass re-deployment/rationalization process and to implement from this academic year since there are many schools running without the required number of teachers, particularly in remote areas.”

Normal functioning of schools affected
Kohima, MARCH 11 (PTI): The normal functioning of government schools in Nagaland State has been affected for the second day today as over 2700 teachers under SSA are on agitation till March 22 demanding early release of their pending salaries since November 2013. The Nagaland SSA Teachers’ Association started agitation in the form of boycotting the schools since March 10 demanding that the Nagaland State Government release the pending salaries.