Deficit teachers not government employees’
SHILLONG, Sept 13: Amid the vociferous demand by the deficit school teachers for release of 40 per cent arrears for them as per the latest pay revision, a top official of the State Education Department has said that the teachers of deficit schools cannot enjoy the government facilities because they are not government employees.
“How can such (deficit school) teachers enjoy government facilities when they are not government employees?” asked a senior official of the Education Department while talking to The Sentinel today.
Incidentally, the deficit school teachers are employees of schools run by village councils, church bodies and missionaries. The government has no say in the management of these schools. The government only fulfills the 60:40 funding pattern for payment of the salaries of the teachers of the deficit schools.
Even as the government had asked the deficit school teachers to wait for their “dues” as it was not “within the provisions of the State budget”, another question, according to sources, arises as to why these agitating teachers have never asked for promotion and other perks from the school management concerned.
Observer feel that deficit school teachers are too afraid to raise any voice with their respective school managements for various reasons and so they are venting their ire on the government.
When contacted, State Education Minister Ampareen Lyngdoh admitted that the deficit school teachers were not within the ambit of the State Government pay rolls.
While acknowledges their services, she termed the deficit school teachers’ agitation “a blackmailing tactic”.
“The agitating teachers should realize that the government has gone out of its way to address their problems. The State Government has already implemented new pay scales for its employees as per the latest pay commission recommendations. If funds are available, the arrears of the deficit school teachers will be paid,” Lyngdoh added.