GUWAHATI: The contractual and State pool assistant teachers of lower and upper primary schools have yet again refused to sign the fresh agreement sent to them by the Axom Sarba Siksha Abhiyan Mission.
The latest order from the Mission told the teachers to sign the agreement on or before October 20, failing which their 'salary matter is to be processed subsequent to signing of the said agreement'. This makes is clear that teachers won't get their salaries unless they sign the agreement.
Earlier on May 26, 2020 the State Cabinet took a decision to provide additional service benefits to 29,701 assistant teachers who have been working as contractual teachers in lower primary/upper primary schools and 11,206 assistant teachers who have been working as State pool teachers in lower primary/upper primary schools under the SSA (Sarba Siksha Abhiyan). The Cabinet decision spelt it out that the teachers would be allowed to continue their service till the age of 60 without any pension benefits.
After the Cabinet decision, the Elementary Education Department issued a notice on July 1, 2020. Following this the SSA issued an order in August to the contractual and State-pool teachers to sign a new agreement. However, the teachers refuse to sign the new agreement as that will disrupt the continuation of their service tenure impeding regularization of their jobs.
In this regard, the Sadou Asom Prathamik TET Uttirno Sikshak Samaj has strongly opposed the order and demanded the SSA to withdraw the order.