SHILLONG: The Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Ramdas Athawale will be visiting Shillong on August 28 at the invitation of the All Meghalaya Ad-Hoc Teacher’s Association. Convener of the association, Kenneth Shadap informed that on July 6 this year, when Athawale had come to Guwahati, the members had met him there and invited the minister to visit Shillong.
The convener informed that the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment will be given a public reception at Malki Ground. He also informed that while, Ramdas Athawale will be the guest of honour, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma will be the chief guest.
Shadap informed that at the meeting the All Meghalaya Ad-Hoc Teacher’s Association will be submitting their various demands to the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment. According to him one of the demands of the association is to constitute an Education Commission to resolve various outstanding issue related to education system in the state.
“The members of the Commission will look into the various problems faced by the education system,” he said. According to Shadap such a commission will resolve difference between the management and school teachers.
“This will save the parties from going to the courts,” he said. “They will also look into issues related to syllabus,” Shadap added. The other issues the association will put forth before the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment is to demand upgradation of only the old existing ad-hoc schools, government-aided. The total number of old existing ad-hoc schools from Lower Primary to Higher Secondary level are only 1857 with 7082 teachers.
“One clerk should also be granted in every school as it is a burden to the teaching staff especially the Headmistress/Headmaster,” Shadap said. Meanwhile, the Meghalaya EMRI Workers’ Union will also be a part of the programme. According to the president of Meghalaya EMRI Workers’ Union, Roipar Kharraswai, they will submit a memorandum to Athawale on the various grievances against their management.