GUWAHATI: Education Minister Ranoj Pegu said today that the teachers who had not cooperated with the Education Department by not uploading their profiles in the Shiksha Setu portal would not get their salaries from August onward, and their schools would not get any government grants.
Pegu said this on the occasion of the release of annual school grants and sports and physical education grants at the state mission office of Samagra Shikska Assam here. He said, “Never take the government lightly, and never kid with this government. The teachers are getting their salaries regularly. However, if they don’t upload their profiles, the government cannot pay them salaries. We will stop paying salaries in August.”
Giving statistics, Pegu said, “The state has 45,983 government and provincialized schools, including 40970 LP and UP schools. As many as 2,42,114 teaching and non-teaching staff have been working in these schools. Of them, 2,08,531 staff members have uploaded their profiles to the Shiksha Setu portal. However, 33,583 staff members—26,117 from elementary schools and 7,466 from secondary schools—have not uploaded their profiles to the portal. These staff members have been working in 11,480 schools.”
He further said, “We have launched the portal for the convenience of administration. It is difficult for us to release funds without knowing which teacher is working where. We will seek reports from the school management committees if the teachers shown by the UDISE+ (Unified District Information System for Education Plus) actually work in the schools. The State has instances of ghost students and ghost schools. And going by that, ghost teachers may not seem like an improbability. We need to know the details of such teachers.”
When asked about a section of primary teachers refusing to upload their profiles in the portal because the government was not creating the posts of headmasters, the minister said, “The demands of the teachers have nothing to do with the upload of teachers’ profiles in the portal. The education sector has the problem of legacy, and to know that we have launched the portal Though primary schools do not have headmasters, they have in-charge teachers. The government will take a decision to create the posts of full-fledged headmasters shortly, and the decision will go in favour of the teaching community and the teaching system.”
The department released a Rs 7980.85 lakh annual school grant and a Rs 1639.50 lakh sport and physical education grant for the elementary level for the financial year 2023–24. The grants of the 11,480 schools, whose teachers have not uploaded their profiles, have been held back.