SHILLONG: The Meghalaya College Teachers’ Association (MCTA) of St Edmund’s College, SEC Unit, has decided to lead and direct the negotiations and discussions with the management so as to try and ensure a swift and amicable resolution of all grievances of the teachers.
Addressing reporters in Shillong on Tuesday, Amanda Basaiawmoit, MCTA general secretary said that discussions with the management to settle the anomalies started towards the end of 2012. Initially our observations and complaints to the management were verbal, but since then, hundreds of letters have been sent to the management highlighting the issues plaguing the teachers of the college.
She said the term management in this context includes the Principal of the college, the president of the governing body, the secretary of the governing body, the members of the governing body, the Rector of the college, the Provincial Leadership Team of Congregation of Christian Brothers in India (CCBI)/ sponsoring body, chairman of the Governing Council of CCBI/sponsoring body, among others.
She informed that of the numerous letters sent by the association and many others sent by the individual teachers themselves over the period to the different positions of management, some were responded to, and action, satisfactory to all stakeholders concerned, was taken.
“But many others were simply ignored or unilateral decision making was affected by the management which led to nothing towards improvement of the situation but to unduly prolong and complicate the existing imbroglio,” she said. The MCTA believes that the issues taken up by the teachers are fair and just and need immediate resolution.
“This intentional delay on the part of the management to resolve the issues has not only taken a toll on their physical well-being but also on their mental and spiritual health,” she said.
She said that as an association representing the teaching fraternity in the State, the struggle will continue against this injustice and oppression until the logical and rightful resolution to the problem is accomplished.