Shillong: As the indefinite hunger strike by Meghalaya Government LP Schools Contractual Teachers Association entered its 12th day on Friday, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said that carrying out the regularisation process for teachers’ post was not easy, but had to be done.
Sangma said the government was concerned and not trying to make it difficult for them.
“The government had to take a decision to regularise the posts. These 1,000 teaching posts have been on a contract basis for 7 years now. This disturbs the overall education system as the teachers keep changing and there is no stability. That is why it needed to be done,” Sangma said.
He said that while people are criticising the government for “terminating the teachers,” he urged people to look at the other side too. “We went for the regularisation process and 1,000 teachers got employment. But it’s just that some didn’t make it, since there is a procedure, like the exams, in place,” said Sangma.
He said it was not an easy situation but the process had to be followed.
“We are doing our best to help them but one has to realise that it is not something we want to do, but it has to be done in the overall interest,” added Sangma.
The Contractual Teachers who failed to clear the Meghalaya Teacher Eligibility Test (MTET) started their indefinite hunger strike on March 1. The Association has been demanding that the government give them another opportunity and also consider the age factor of several of the teachers who have crossed the age limit to apply for government jobs.
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