Sikkim teachers

Gangtok: Sikkim Adhoc teachers, who staged a counter-protest on September 11 against the 860 terminated teachers, staged a peace rally on Monday to support the new eight-year Adhoc regularisation policy. 

The All Sikkim Adhoc Teachers and Temporary Employees Association pressed on the implementation of the highly-anticipated teacher recruitment policy.

During the past two weeks, the recently-terminated teachers had staged a 12-day dharna demanding an extension. However, the old Adhoc teachers countered the same by claiming that the extension of 860 teachers would violate the regularisation policy at the end of eight years. 

“We feel our demand was genuine, but it seems the old Adhoc teachers and the government failed to understand our demand. But if our demand spoils the future of 4,100 teachers, we will call off the protest. We had not come to spoil their future but for justice. We were never against the new policy. We have included that new policy must be permanent policy in our memorandums in the past. There is no denying that politics was dragged to our issue, framing us of being against the policy,” stated one of the recently-terminated teachers. 

The state education department backed the regularisation policy at the end of 8 years. The government, however, threatened to roll back the new policy extension demand by the terminated teachers, taking the same stand of policy violation. 

Chief Minister Prem Singh Golay also backed the policy and promised to roll out the new regularisation regulation soon on Sunday, terming it the solution demanded by the Adhoc teachers.

ASATTEA executive Yogesh Sharma told EastMojo, “The old memorandum that we have submitted includes a lot of our demands along with a new memorandum. So through our official channel via the education department, we will pursue. Even the Chief Minister has said that the decision will favour the majority in a democracy. I think this is the majority. If the decision is in their favour, it would be good. There are some of the earlier protesting terminated teachers who have joined us. They were in the rally. Protest is not the solution. This is something we have said before, and we will say it again. Until a table talk happens, there won’t be a solution. We will help them from our association. The new memorandum is about eight years regularisation policy.”

When asked about COVID protocols being broken, Sharma stated, “It was a real challenge for us. I had informed yesterday that those in far-flung places need not come as these are COVID times. I told them from my end as a leader, but I can’t stop them from coming. They have come in their group following COVID protocols.”

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