Teachers rally for rights in Shillong

Shillong, Nov. 15: For the last five years, lower primary schoolteachers have been taking home a sum of Rs 3,000 at the end of each month, notwithstanding the galloping inflation which has created holes in everyone's pockets.

Today, hundreds of schoolteachers under the banner of the All Meghalaya Ad hoc Lower Primary School Association took to the streets near Raj Bhavan to demand equal pay for equal work.

In a memorandum submitted to state education minister R.C. Laloo, the association asked the government to either regularise the post of the ad hoc teachers or revise their pay and to appoint additional teachers and to provide financial assistance to the lower primary schools.

The association also reminded Laloo that their last salary hike was on April 1, 2007, when their income was increased from Rs 1,500 per month to Rs 3,000 per month.

"Till date, we are entitled to the previous scale of Rs 3,000 per month," association president Budshel Marbaniang said.

He added that the salary for the overworked and overburdened teachers was insufficient.

"The financial allotment given to us by the government is insufficient and this act is a clear violation of Article 14, as enshrined in our Constitution, where it states the principle of equal pay for equal work," he said.

In Meghalaya, there are around 1,116 lower primary ad hoc teachers in 558 ad hoc schools.

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