Manipur Govt school teachers strike

Manipur: Govt school teachers launch an indefinite strike

February 3, 2020

Teachers of the government schools in Manipur launched an indefinite strike on Saturday in protest against the failure of the government to rectify the anomalies in the revision of pay (ROP), 2019. The teachers under the banner of Joint Teachers’ Forum (JTF) threatened to boycott the class X and XII examination, which is slated to be held this month.

Teachers from primary, graduate teachers and higher secondary sections came together to form the Joint Teachers’ Forum (JTF). They had earlier served an ultimatum for the strike from February if the state government fails to rectify the anomalies in the ROP, 2019. It has downgraded the pay structure for teachers by January 31.

Last year on July 11, the Manipur government passed Manipur Services (Revision Pay) Rules, 2019 according to which the teachers pay are downgraded to the level of 5th Pay Commission while the state government is on the verge of implementing 7th Pay for its employees.

Somorendro Haobijam, convener JTF said, “The Government teachers have been demanding for the rectification in the ROP since July last. Subsequently, acknowledging teachers’ plea the education department has also submitted a proposal to the finance department for the right pay structure. Sadly, the rectified order has not been issued to date.”

Following the strike, classes and coaching for the students appearing for the HSLC and higher secondary examinations have been canceled. The school teachers also demanded that the academic grade pay notified in 2011 shall be restored to the grade pay system as the academic grade pay is for the college teachers.

The class XII examinations are due to be held from February 14 while class X board exam is slated to begin from February 17.

Source: Indian Express

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