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Meghalaya teachers hit the streets again, demand upgrading ad-hoc positions

The Federation of All School Teachers of Meghalaya or the FASTOM has intensified it’s agitation. Hundreds of teachers took to the streets in demanding that the government fulfill their demand

The Federation of All School Teachers of Meghalaya or the FASTOM has intensified it’s agitation. Hundreds of teachers took to the streets in demanding that the government fulfill their demand at the earliest. It needs to be mentioned that the agitating teachers are demanding up-gradation of all ad hoc school teachers in the state. The agitating teachers also met education department officials to discuss on the issue.

Meanwhile the Federation’s demands are explicit. It demands deficitization or 18,000 enhancement for Lower Primary, Upper Primary, Secondary and Higher Secondary including a 5% increment every year.

Later, briefing media FASTOM spokesperson Mayborn Lyngdoh said they got a ‘half-hearted assurance’ from the government side as far as their demand in concerned. Lyngdoh also said that it seemed that at the meeting the government was trying to buy time.

The All School Teachers of Meghalaya or FASTOM had given the state government a deadline till May to increase the salaries of ad hoc school teachers in the state. They had called off their agitation after getting assurances from the state government on their demand. However, the teacher’s body had added that if the govt’s response was not satisfactory FASTOM will reinitiate their agitation.

On the other hand, Secretary of the Education Department, Ambrose Marak informed that the Education department is following up on the demands of the ad-hoc teachers. Marak said that the government is committed to expediting the process to resolve the issue.

First Published: 22nd April, 2022 21:31 IST

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