Saturday, February 4, 2023

Students demand teachers ingovernment-run schools in Manipur


Students demands for teachers in Manipur grew louder when a large number of students of a government-run higher secondary school took to street in Thoubal district to air their grievances.
In what can be seen as a heavy blow to the BJP-led government’s “School Faghahansi” mission that aimed at improving government-run schools in the state, schools having a good number of students were facing shortage of teachers.
Students of government-run schools have been protesting against non-posting of shortage teachers in their respective schools with apprehension of losing their academic careers when half of the current academic session passed.
Responding to the plea of the students, Manipur education minister had recently sought some time while informing that rationalization of teachers as an interim arrangement was being taken up and will be completed by October 31.
Paying no heed to the education minister’s appeal, students of government-run schools continued to stage protests demanding teachers and boycotting their classes.
Even today, students of Heirok Higher Secondary School, a government-run school in Thoubal district, carried out a rally demanding immediate posting of shortage teachers in their schools.
“No education without teacher”, read one of the placards displayed by the students while others read “Allow us study properly”, “No teacher no future”, etc.
The government-run school, having a strength of around 1200 students from class VI to XII, currently has only 40 teachers against the actual strength of 90.
However, 16 teachers were transferred and posted to other schools and 10 teachers retired from the service at the beginning of the session and no replacement teachers posted till date.
The students alleged that at the commencement of this year’s session, the school had around 70 teachers, a shortage of 20 against the required 90 teachers.
A student leader said they have complained to the pertinent authorities on many occasions but no teachers have been posted till date. He asked how students can learn without teachers in a school, adding that their academic careers were put at stake due to the irresponsive attitude of the pertinent authorities.
In recent times, students of various schools and students’ bodies have been demanding posting of adequate numbers of teachers in government-run schools where there is a good number of students.
Responding to the demands, state education minister Th Basantakumar had sought some time a few days ago to solve the problems and admitted shortage in the teaching staff in the government-run schools.
He had said that the state education (school) department is in the process of rationalization of teachers and the same will be completed by October 31, 2022 while urging students to give some time for posting of teachers in the schools where there is a shortfall in teachers’ strength.

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