GUWAHATI: The Assam State Primary Teachers’ Association (ASPTA) is going to boycott classes from February 4-6 in support of their various demands. The teachers’ body earlier boycotted classes statewide on January 11 and held a rally in Guwahati where they set a 15-day deadline for the State government to fulfill their demands. The teachers’ body had to announce the fresh agitation as its deadline has already expired and the government has not done anything to fulfill their demands as yet.
The demands of the association are – creating posts head teachers and making payment in accordance with the Seventh Pay Commission Recommendations; regularization of the services of teachers who are not getting their salaries and contractual teachers; reintroduction of Rs 8,700 grade pay that was taken away from graduate teachers; provincialization of non-provincialized educational institutions; making a teacher a class a reality etc. In a statement issued to the press on Saturday, Association general secretary Ratul Chandra Goswami said: “The State Education Minister gave us a written assurance to fulfill our demands on June 19, 2018, but to no avail. In protest against such a negligence, we’re going to boycott classes for three days from February 4. Thirty-nine thousand primary schools in the State will be affected by the agitation.”
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