The All Nagaland School Teachers Association (ANSTA) asserted that the state was facing acute shortage of teachers in rural areas while it was just the opposite in urban areas.
A joint press note issued by the association’s president and general secretary pointed out that the ‘urban excess and rural shortage of teachers’ was a sole creation of the ‘rulers’ and opined that the government should be more practical and humane in its approach.
At the same time they also clarified that the association was not for bogus or any irregularities in the department. Maintaining that government’s action was not justified in setting up a SIT to probe the Education department alone, the association alleged that similar bogus appointments were also going on in other sister departments.
Averring that a school with no teachers had no meaning, the association stated that the government was just taking pride in opening up new schools and upgrading it without creating any new post or appointments.
While lauding the decision of the government to release the pending salaries of those teachers under the genuine and doubtful list of the SIT along with service extension, the ANSTA called for cleansing and streamlining the recruitment policy of teachers.
In this regard, the association added that it come out with a new proposal based on the mandate of all districts executives.
Criticizing the SIT report as ‘discrepancies and loopholes’, the association called for outlining a common set of criteria/modalities for the ongoing verification to rectify the anomalies. “Classroom routine came to a mockery in many schools and finally a question came in mind whether government is for nurturing or disturbing schools” the release stated.