Mizoram school teachers staging protest in Aizawl. (File image)

Mizoram school education minister Lalchhandama Ralte has warned the agitating teachers of disciplinary action if they continue their strike and refuse to join work from Tuesday.

Ralte said the ultimatum of the Federation of Mizoram Samagra Employees (FEMSE) on November 8 took the government by surprise.

“Neither the chief minister nor I was informed about the charter of demands made by the federation officially. We were shocked to hear about the Federation’s decision to avail mass casual leave from November 21,” Ralte told reporters on Monday in Aizawl.

He made it clear that the Samagra teachers’ demand for pay hike and reservation of 70 per cent teachers’ posts were not possible to be fulfilled.

“Therefore, the government has to do what has to be done for the interest of the students,” Ralte said.

Ralte said hundreds of schools across Mizoram remained closed for three days, affecting thousands of innocent students who were facing crucial year-end examinations.

“If the teachers continue their strike and refuse to join work from November 26, the government will be compelled to take disciplinary action against them,” he said.

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