Meghalaya: All Garo Hills SSA School Teacher’s Association appeals exemption from election duty

Meghalaya: All Garo Hills SSA School Teacher’s Association appeals exemption from election duty

By Our Correspondent | TNT News

Tura, Jan 28,2018: Due to various ills being faced by the SSA teaching community,the All Garo Hills SSA School Teacher's Association has stated that it may fail or be unable to be a part of election duty.It may be mentioned that the teaching community have put forward their demand for the release of their pending salaries and arrears whereby ill now their demands are being shut.

"We demand the immediate release of pending salaries and arrears on or before the MLA  election failing which we may be unable to be a part of the election duty process," said the publicity secretary of the AGHSSASTA, Tronament D Sangma.

Almost all aggrieved teachers under SSA have been assigned duty for the upcoming elections though the state government's failure in releasing their salaries has left them fuming.

"We know that it is mandatory for the selected teachers to do election duty during the time of polling. But why is it not mandatory for the government to release our salaries and arrears? How can we go for election duty without money," asked Sangma.

The economic troubles being faced the SSA teachers is likely to affect their mental health and burden them even further.

"It is very difficult for us to admit our own children into schools without having salaries and at the same time most of the SSA teachers are appearing different degrees or diploma course examination in these times, particularly D.El.Ed course. We need salary for the examination fees as it is compulsory for the teachers to complete the same on or before 2019 March," he added.

The AGHSSASTA added that the D.El.Ed exams also fell on the date of polling and was going to make things difficult and thereby sought an exemption from election duty while appealing to authorities to release their pending salaries and arrears.

The SSA teachers further threatened to not allow their schools to be used for election as they would be busy in an effort to earn for their livelihood and not be able to open their schools during the time.

"If the government is really concerned for us and fulfill our genuine demands, we are ready to serve the cause of education with outmost dedication and loyalty, not only for the welfare of our children but to serve the nation as well," said Sangma through a release.

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