Private teachers working in Mizoram government aided middle and high schools plan no teaching day unless the State Government upgrades their working condition to at least adhoc grant in aid status.
The strike will affect 3000 students across Mizoram.
The teachers united under the banner Mizoram Government Aided School Association has said that the State Government has made several promises to them which were never delivered.
“Schools under lump sum grant in aid receive Rs. 1.5 lakh annually and most of us are facing serious problems and have to go without proper pay for months and months. We are at the mercy of the villagers’ contribution,” C Lalngaihzuala, president of Mizoram Government Aided School Association said.
“We, the government aided schools were given lump sum grant in aid status in 2008 and we have been running the schools with meagre sum we receive from the government. Initially we were 82 schools, but after several schools were closed down due to insufficiency of funds, there are 61 schools deprived of the basic necessities,” the president of the association added.
The association, knowing that over 3000 students would suffer because of their agitation said that they were left with no choice but to resort to strike.
“No Teaching Day will be organized and if our demand for upgradation is not met, indefinite closure of school will be resort to,” the association said.
There are over 60 lump sum grant in aid middle and high schools in Mizoram having more than 3000 students across the State.
Teachers of these schools will join the ongoing strike of the higher secondary school teachers demanding the same status.
The Mizoram Government Lump sum Grant in Aid Higher Secondary School Association has been organizing strike in demand of adhoc status for the past two weeks.