FROM A REPORTER
SHILLONG, Aug 24: Commissioner & Secretary of Education D P Wahlang after meeting the leaders of Joint Action Committee of All Teachers Association of Meghalaya (JACATAM) said that ‘Provincialisation of Teachers’ services is not acceptable due to the current fincial constraints of the State Government.
“We have made it clear to them during the meeting that porovincialisation of teachers’ services in one go entails extra expenditure of 400 crores for the government and this is not acceptable as per the governments fincial resources,” he said.
He, however, said that step by step improvement for the conditions of the teachers through various interventions will be initiated by the government.
“If we take into consideration those teachers in various schools which are not aided by the government it will take more than 650 crores minimum to porovincialise their services,” he said.
He informed that during the meeting the government officials have also requested the leaders of JACATAM to call off their 14-day agitation for the sake of the students because even the students have a right to be educated.
Stating that the appointing authority for teachers is the Maging Committee (MC) and not the state government he said, “All these schools are private aided schools and it is wrong for the government to give appointments in private aided schools.” He however said that the role of the government is to improve the service condition of teachers and post retirement benefits etc.