By Our Reporter
SHILLONG: Teachers have a special place in the society for the services they render but the condition of teachers here in the state continues to be wretched. The condition of the Adhoc Hindi teachers here is perhaps the worst among all categories of teachers here in the state.
Adhoc Hindi teachers complained that they are deprived of equal job equivalent salary i.e. equal pay for equal work.
Few such teachers from Nongstoin said that according to the education policy of Meghalaya, the State Government has adopted a partial approach for the Adhoc Hindi Teachers.
As per norms the assistant and science teachers in secondary section are paid Rs 8000 and Rs 9000 per month (pm), respectively.
While in the same institution the Hindi Teachers are at present drawing a very minimal salary of Rs 3500 pm.
“This policy of government inflicted upon the teaching community has prevented we teachers to raise our head in the teachers’ society,” they lamented.
It may be mentioned that the “All Meghalaya Adhoc Hindi Teachers Association” (AMAHTA) has made several appeals to the state education department since 2004 – 05 both verbally and in writing with regular follow up being done from time to time.
“But the state government has not even bothered to give any response to settle this matter in favour of Adhoc Hindi Teachers,” said one Adhoc Hindi teacher.
AMAHTA has once again appealed to the state government to look in to their grievances with expeditious action failing which the association will have to take the help of RTI.
The former State Education Minister took some steps to look into the grievances of the Adhoc Hindi teachers and also sought help from the union government.
However, the present Education Minister is yet to intervene into the matter.