Shillong: Members of Federation of All School Teachers of Meghalaya (FASTOM) on Tuesday carried out a peaceful rally that started off from Raj Bhavan and ended at Malki Ground in Shillong city.

After receiving permission from the District Administration allowing only 30 people to participate in the rally, executive member Mayborn Lyngdoh warned that going further the agitation will intensify if their demands are not met.

An ultimatum has been given to the state government till the end of March to meet with their demands to upgrading all ad hoc schools to deficit system or deficit pattern with effect from 2019.

“Come April and we will go all out. We also call upon the parents of students to support us in our cause. We will ensure that our agitation doesn’t hinder the students education,” said Lyngdoh.

He added that Wednesday onwards, a group of five teachers will protest outside the Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBOSE) everyday and will continue with the protest till their demand is met.

Currently, the monthly salary of a lower primary school teacher is Rs 12,000. The pay of an upper primary, a secondary and a higher secondary school teacher is Rs 16,000, Rs 20,000 and Rs 24,000, respectively.

There is no additional allowance for teachers in each of these categories.

The teachers said their movement is now beyond negotiation and assured that it will not affect the students as they are preparing for their board exams.

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