ITANAGAR, Aug 10: Agitating contractual teachers working under Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) on Friday ended their three-day peaceful protest demanding regularization of their job in a phased manner.
The SSA teachers under the aegis of the All Aruanchal Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers Association (AASSATA) have threatened to continue the stir by resorting to a ‘non-cooperation movement’ from 16 August if the government fails to find a tangible mechanism to address their demands.
The three-day mass protest reportedly affected thousands of primary schools and upper primary schools across the state as more than 3700 teachers were on protest, abstaining from their duty.
When contacted, AASSATA president Tarak Agung Tarh refused to comment on Chief Minister Pema Khandu’s cabinet meeting decision to create 400 teachers’ posts exclusively for regularization of SSA teachers.
“I don’t want to comment unless I see the cabinet minutes,” Tarh said.
APYC urges govt to treat SSA teachers with respect
The Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress (APYC) has expressed anguish over the alleged indifferent treatment meted out by the state government to the teachers working under SSA.
In a statement, APYC spokesperson Arjun Panye urged the state government to “respect the contribution of SSA teachers and initiate process to regularize their jobs.
“The Congress government started the process of regularization of teachers working under the SSA. But unfortunately, the present government is delaying it. This is unfortunate,” he said.
“They (the teachers) have been forced to take the path of agitation because of the pathetic response of the government. Also, for the last three days, under extreme heat condition, these teachers are protesting at IG Park. But government has not initiated any step to resolve the standoff. This smacks of arrogance,” added the APYC spokesperson.