‘SSA teachers deprived of rights and benefits’

'SSA teachers deprived of rights and benefits'

Shilllong, Oct 22: The Meghalaya SSA School Association (MSSASA) has expressed concern over the state government’s adamant attitude to regularise the services of the SSA teachers in the state.

MSSASA president Aristotle C Rymbai said in a statement said, “A total of 12541 elementary teachers recruited under budget head of Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) erstwhile Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and teaching in 2907 lower primary and 2232 upper primary schools across the state are being deprived and neglected of their rights and benefits as notify in the RTE Act 2009.”

He said the association have requested the state government to take note of the issues through several representations and meetings. “But it is very sad to see that there is no positive response from the state government,” Rymbai said.

The MSSASA president said the recruitment and appointment of teachers on contractual basis since the implementation of the SSA flagship programme instead of recruited on permanent basis is against the framework and guidelines of Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan.

He said the Government of India has clear cut norms under SSA and RMSA wherein State/Union Territories are given financial support of salary of teachers with a condition these posts of teachers shall be created in States/Union Territories Education Department on regular basis with same salary and service conditions as of State budget teachers.

“But in our state, it is found that state government committed a mistake and allowed creation of teacher posts sanctioned under state Implementation Society known as State Education Mission Authority Meghalaya (SEMAM) on contractual basis instead of recruiting in Department of School Education and Literacy on regular basis for whom different service arrangement have been spelt out and the 12541 SSA teachers appointed, was posted only in SSA supported Schools across the state,” Rymbai stated.

He also referred to the letter issued by D.K Gautam, Dy. Secretary MHRD, DSE&L, Govt of India on February 22, 2008 to the Education Secretary of all States and Union Territories, that mentioned very clear that the teacher recruitment under SSA will be as per state governments’ norms.