Khasi Students’ Union threatens to step in on govt’s failure to address SSA teachers issue

Shillong: The Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) today threatened to step in if the government fails to address the problems of the teachers in the state.

“The KSU will keep supporting the movement of the teachers and if the situation demands us to step in then the government will have to take full responsibility,” KSU chief Lambokstarwell Marngar told reporters after visiting the agitating SSA teachers, who are forced to sleep in the streets for the past four days due to government’s failure to release their five months’ pending salary.

Stating that the government is not expected to treat the teachers this way, Marngar also slammed Education minister Lahkmen Rymbui for threatening to issue an order of no work, no pay and to withdraw the grant from the SSA schools if teachers continue with their protest.

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He reminded the Education minister that Meghalaya is not a dictator state. “I believe the state government and the cabinet minister, as well as all 60 legislators, should understand and should find ways and means to address the issue of the SSA teachers,” he said.

Stating that the frequent protest by teachers is a wake-up call for the government, the KSU leader said, “It is high time for the government to frame a policy to streamline the education sector in Meghalaya.”

He said the implementation of the SSA programme in Meghalaya was the biggest failure of the present and previous state governments as there was no clear-cut policy in place.

“This is a very clear message to the state government that it is high time to create a policy to streamline the entire education sector in the state,” he asserted.

Marngar also asked the central government to refrain from delaying to release the required funds for the implementation of the programme.


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