Govt will need Rs. 567 crore to absorb SSA teachers in regular posts

Shillong, Mar 16: State Education Minister, Lahkmen Rymbui on Tuesday said that absorbing the SSA teachers as regular teachers, the government need not less than Rs. 567.644 crore annually to meet their salary.

Rymbui was replying to a zero hour notice brought by opposition Congress legislator from Mawsynram, Himalaya M Shangpliang.

According to him, the State Education Mission Authority of Meghalaya (SEMAM) will study the proposal for enhancing the salary of the SSA teachers.

Rymbui also told the House that there is a need to deliberate on schools being managed by managing committees.

He said that and recruitment to the posts is done by the school managing committee.

On the pupils to teachers’ ratio (PTR), Rymbui informed that if one has to go by PTR in Meghalaya as mandated by the Right To Education (RTE) Act many of the schools would have to be closed down and many of the teachers will lose their jobs.

“We are continuing to deliberate. We know the concern of the teachers but the constraint is that whether those managing committees will allow the government to take over the schools,” the Education Minister asked.

Earlier moving the zero hour notice, Shangpliang said that since last few years 5814 lower primary teachers and 6727 upper primary teachers working under the Samagra Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) of the State are struggling to air their grievances to the government.

He said that the SSA teachers of the State had requested the State government for creation of posts to shift 12541 existing SSA teachers from the State Implementation Society to the State Education department on regular basis as per provision of the RTE/SSA norms.

According to Shangpliang on September 11, 2019, the State Project Director SSA informed the association of SSA teachers that the matter was under examination evenas he said that there is no progress on the matter.

He said that as per the as per State Rules under RTE Act 2009, it is inferred that the teachers recruited and appointed for implementing the provision of RTE Act shall have pay and allowance at par with regular teachers.

“But in our State, 5814 Primary teachers and 6727 Upper Primary teachers working under SSA are separated from regular teachers,” Shangpliang said.

He stated that Sub-Rule (1) of Rule 18 of the State RTE Rule 2011, states, “The State government or local authority, shall notify the terms and conditions of service and salary and allowances of teachers in order to create a provisional and permanent cadre of teachers”.

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