Rymbui vows to look into SSA & 4th teachers’ demands

Shillong, Mar 10: Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui on Thursday said the government would soon resolve the problems of the SSA teachers.

Responding to a short duration discussion moved by AITC legislator from Mawsynram Himalaya Shangpliang, Rymbui said SSA “is a complicated subject” and the anomalies created in the past needed to be rectified.


“The state government is seriously studying the matter from all angles and would soon come out with a solution. I request all stakeholders to support the state government and the education department to come out with an appropriate and long-term solution,” he said.

The payment of seven months’ salary of Rs 19,863.20 lakh was released out of total receipt of fund of Rs 29,535.32 lakh without much delay at every juncture whenever fund was released to the state government, the minister informed.

Rymbui also said the demand for hiking the salary of 4th teachers has not fallen on deaf ears.

“Considering the complexities of different categories of school management, recruitment procedures and appointment policy of school managing committees, the Education Department had intricately examined, and the matter of enhancement is taken into consideration,” he added.

He informed that at present the total expenditure on salary for 4th teachers stands at Rs 21.90 crore per annum.

The 4th teachers were appointed in the year 2005 and their salary was on a par with those under SSA at Rs 6,000 per month. It doubles in 2017.

Besides 4th teachers, Rymbui said the state government continues to support and aid 2,190 deficit and deficit pattern schools and 7,093 teachers and non-teaching staff which amount to an annual expenditure of Rs 418 crore for salary.

He added that there are also 9,068 ad hoc schools and grant-in aid schools with 24,448 teachers, whose salary component is borne by the state government amounting to approximately Rs 525.40 crore.

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