DIMAPUR, Aug 25 - The Nagaland Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) Teachers� Association 2016 today called for an indefinite boycott of classes from August 27 as its first phase of agitation following the failure of the State Government to provide clarification on the official memorandum relating to decrease in the salaries of RMSA teachers.
The association asked all its members to strictly adhere to its directive. In a release issued by association president Sao Venuh and general secretary Haisoliabe Ndang, the association alleged that the State Government has been intimidating RMSA teachers of the 2016 batch.
According to the association, the office memorandum stated that reduction of salaries was a directive given by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development to merge Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and RMSA into the Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan (SMSA) � an integrated scheme of school education.
The association pointed out that the SMSA draft document clearly states that the Central share under the scheme would be restricted as per the prevalent fund sharing pattern for primary teachers drawing salaries up to Rs 15,000 per month, upper primary teachers up to Rs 20,000 per month and secondary teachers up to Rs 25,000 per month. It said the draft document also states that the salary structure would be determined by the State norms for salaries.
Therefore, the association stated, the fixation of Rs 25,000 per month for secondary teachers did not indicate the actual salary, but simply the fund sharing pattern.
The association also claimed that as per the project approval board meeting minutes for Nagaland, a sum of Rs 10171.12 lakh was estimated for salaries of teachers according to the norms of the scheme and the balance amount was to be met by the State out of its own resources.
On recruitment of teachers, the draft document laid down that teachers would be recruited as per the terms and conditions of the States and Union territories.
As such, the association questioned what are the actual terms and conditions of Nagaland for recruitment and why there are different categories of teachers based on the nature of appointment when everyone has gone through the same mode of recruitment through a written examination and viva voce.
Based on this, the RMSA teachers have demanded equal treatment of all teachers under the new Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan and demanded that the Government should issue new appointment letters to all teachers irrespective of erstwhile schemes with the same terms and conditions.