Shillong: The 5,814 lower primary teachers and 6,727 upper primary teachers working under Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) in Meghalaya asked the state education minister Lahkmen Rymbui to once again re-examine their request of implementing salary structure and enhancing remuneration for the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan teachers.
The teachers urged the government to decide on or before February 18, 2021 failing which fails the teachers will resort to democratic forms of protests.
On August 17, 2020 the Assocation had submitted a representation to the State Project Director, SEMAM-SSA, Ambrose Ch Marak who had then submitted the letter to the Education Department requesting the state government to examine the request. However, the same was rejected.
Meghalaya Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan School Association President, Aristotle Rymbai highlighted that as per State Rules under RTE Act 2009, teachers recruited for implementing RTE Act provisions, shall have pay and allowance at par with regular teachers.
Rymbai mentioned that in Meghalaya, the 5,814 lower primary teachers and 6,727 upper primary teachers working under SSA, who are the pillars for implementing the RTE Act provisions, are separated from the regular teachers working in the state.
According to the association, it has been mentioned that under Sub – Rule (1) of Rule 18 of State RTE Rules, 2011, it stated: “the State Government or the local authority, shall notify terms and conditions of service and salary and allowances of teachers in order to create a professional and permanent cadre of teachers.”
Added to this, Sub-Rule (3) of Rule 18 of State RTE Rules, 2011 stated: “The scales of pay and allowances, medical facilities, pension, gratuity, provident fund, and other prescribed benefits of teachers, including those employed for the purpose of imparting special training as specified in Section 4, shall be that of regular teachers, and at par for similar work and experience.”
Rymbai said that the SSA teachers are being paid only with a “Fixed Remuneration” which contradict with the provisions mandated by RTE Act, 2009 and State RTE Rules, 2011.
The Association has demanded that Sub-Rule (1) and Sub-Rule (3) of Rule 18 of State RTE Rules, 2011, must also apply to SSA teachers.