Tribal student bodies call for resolving pay, fee spat

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 21st Jul: All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM), Kuki Students’ Organisation (KSO) General Headquarters and All Naga Students’ Association, Manipur (ANSAM) have urged for bringing urgent resolution of the conflict between State government and private schools with regard to payment of salary to the teachers for the lockdown period.
Addressing a joint press meet convened at ATSUM office located at Adimjati Shiksha Ashram complex here on Tuesday, ATSUM general secretary Seiboi Haokip said that private school associations especially Hill District Private Schools’ Association, Manipur have been in conflict with Manipur government over salaries for teachers and taking of school fees.
Appealing to school authorities not to take school fees from students, Seiboi urged the government for providing financial assistance to the schools in view of the present scenario and also pressed the school authorities to pay salary of teachers with whatever they can.
Recalling that the tribal student organisations have been demanding resolution of the issue, Seiboi lamented that state government did not listen to their demands.
Private schools in hill districts have been shut down and stopped conducting online classes from July 20 due to the conflict between government and private school association which has escalated after the government’s order issued on June 20. The conflict between the two has adversely affected the student community, he pointed out, while adding that tribal student bodies will not remain idle as the situation has worsened.
Seiboi appealed to private school authorities to relax their stand a bit and also urged the government to meet representatives of private school association and resolve the issue at the earliest.
Pointing out that the cut off marks for admission of students in higher secondary schools administered by the government is very high, Seiboi asserted that the seats reserved for Scheduled Tribes (ST) should not be wasted and no other should fill the seats meant for ST. He demanded that the present cut off marks for ST students, which is 69 per cent, should be reduced if ST students failed to fill the reserved seats.
He also urged authorities concerned to discuss the matter.


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