SHILLONG, Sept 5 - Protests by Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) teachers marred the Teacher�s Day celebration in the State today.
Both Chief Minister Conrad Sangma and Education Minister Lakmen Rymbui assured the agitating teachers that their grievances would be redressed soon.
Around 13,000 SSA teachers in the State have not received their salaries for the last five months. The State Government has said that there is a dispute with the Centre on the disbursal of their salaries, which is being sorted out.
�We are facing financial difficulties, but we will resolve the problem,� Sangma said. Education Minister Rymbui, too, assured the teachers that their concerns would be addressed. He urged the agitating teachers to cooperate with the Government.
Meanwhile, in his address on the Teacher�s Day, the Education Minister said there is a dearth of trained teachers and the State Government is tying up with the Central Government on a mission to have cent per cent trained teachers in the State.
He urged the teachers to improve their skills while adding that the Government is mulling teachers� exchange programmes on a national and international level.
The minister urged the teachers of government schools to work with dedication so that these institutions are on a par with private schools in the State.