SHILLONG: The president of Meghalaya SSA School Association (MSSASA) Central Body said that the education system will be able to deliver quality education only when the Government starts taking care of the teachers.
On September 5, schools and colleges across the country will celebrate Teachers’ Day. It is the time when teachers’ contribution to society is celebrated. However in the State of Meghalaya the 12541 Elementary Teachers working under budget head of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan now known as Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan working over 5000 Lower and Upper Primary SSA supported School across the State, their salary is yet to be paid for five months starting from April to August 2018 by the State Government.
Aristotle C Rymbai President of Meghalaya SSA School Association (MSSASA) Central Body while expressing his concern on the agenda said as the State Government will observe this great day of teachers contribution to society for imparting quality education it’s also the duty of the State Government to ensure that the teachers who are entrusted with the task of delivering this quality education are taken care of.
Rymbai who is also one among the aggrieved SSA Teachers said, the 12541 teachers working in SSA supported schools in the State both in rural and urban areas were recruited and appointed as contractual teachers instead of permanent ones, who are poorly paid as compared to the huge remuneration of regular or permanent teachers in the State. Moreover, promising career prospects, which is quite a motivation booster, is almost nil for the SSA Teachers in Meghalaya, the SSA Teachers were not entitled any leaves and others benefits enjoyed by a regular teachers expect 15 days casual leave annually.
To achieve the goal of quality education teachers plays a vital role and as a critical determinant of quality education, they must be treated as respected professionals. Teaching must provide an attractive career choice in terms of salaries and conditions of employment, to retain the best teachers in the service. He said teachers need to be supported in fulfilling their responsibilities to students, and their voices must be listened too by school leaders, government, education systems and public authorities.