Aizawl: Mizoram Government Aided School Association (MIGASA), an umbrella body of private teachers working in government lumsump grant-in-aid high schools and middle schools hason Thursday began “No Teaching Day” to register a protest after the state government failed to meet its demands for upgrading 61 schools to adhoc status within a stipulated time.
MIGASA president C. Lalnghaizuala said that they have to resort to strike after the government failed to give any positive response to their demands within a given time.
He said that the strike will be observed till 17 August during which, if the state government fails to meet their demand, they will impose closure on 61 schools to intensify their agitation.
According to the leader there are 61 lumpsum grant-in aids schools in the state of which 27 are high school and the rest are middle schools.
He said that the association has made repeated appeals to the state government to upgrade the schools to adhoc status, but to no avail.
Lalnghaizuala said that the schools were running with a lumpsum grant of Rs 1.2 lakh annually for more than 10 years.
“It has become difficult for us to survive with a meager Rs 1.2 lakh grant for which the school have to be run out of public contribution,” he said, adding that several teachers were drawing a monthly salary of Rs 5000 for several years.
While schools were upgraded in every five years since Mizoram was under union territory, the ruling Congress government has failed to take any step for upgradation of schools during its 10 years rule, he said.
He also expressed regret that the strike will affect over 3000 students across the state.
Lalnghaizuala alleged that the Congress government upgraded many private schools to lumpsum grant-in aid status but failed to upgrade the existing lumpsum grant in aid schools.