Calls for regularisation of RMSA, SSA teachers get more endorsements

Dimapur, September 28 (MExN): The Kuki Students’ Organisation Nagaland (KSON) and the All Sumi Students’ Union (SKK) on Monday voiced support to the NSF and ENSF’s demand for regularisation of 2010 and 2013 batches of Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) teachers. 

Earlier on September 2, the Naga Students' Federation (NSF) and the Eastern Naga Students' Federation (ENSF) had issued an 30-day ultimatum to the Chief Secretary asking the state government to honour the agreement that was reportedly signed between the School Education department, the Nagaland Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers' Association (NSSATA) and the two organisations on June 12, 2018.

"The teachers, in spite of all the challenges and with good faith in the agreement made with them by the State Government, have been tirelessly working for the welfare of the students. Therefore, it is only fair on the part of the State Government that their dedication and hard work be acknowledged and that their grievances and demands be addressed promptly," the KSON media cell stated in its press release. 

It also appealed the government to “adhere to the policy of appointing only those candidates belonging to the native tribe where the respective primary schools are situated.”

It meanwhile acknowledged the Government of Nagaland for listening to the pleas of various student bodies and revoking the cess on fuel prices.

In a separate statement, the SKK urged the state government to implement the agreement and the subsequent Cabinet decision that was taken on October 3, 2018 to “rectify the nature of appointment of the aggrieved teachers basing on the appointment order and all relevant documents.”

“The SSA and RMSA teachers have been discharging their duties with sincerity despite the irregularities in the payment of their salaries. Therefore, the SKK urges the state government to consider this most genuine case with urgency, keeping in mind that two years have lapsed since the signing of the agreement and to deliver justice to the teaching community at the earliest,” the statement read.

Further stating that it would never compromise with the issues related to the education sector which affect the welfare of the student community and the teachers, the SKK assured the SSA and RMSA teachers of their support and acknowledged their services.