NSEAOA, NSSFOF, ANSTA serve seven-day ultimatum
DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 19
The Nagaland School Education Administrative Officers Association (NSEAOA), Nagaland Secondary School Field Officers Forum (NSSFOF) and All Nagaland School Teachers Association (ANSTA) have in an ultimatum to Parliamentary Secretary for School Education today urged him to fulfill their demands within seven days, failing which they threatened to take their own course of action by resorting to total cease work throughout the State.
The decision to this effect was taken at a joint meeting of the three associations on Wednesday, ANSTA president Ponchulo Wanth, NSSFOF convener Mezhuü Hozoyeh and NSEAOA vice president R. Ekonthung Lotha said in a joint release.
They said the forthcoming Board exams may be hampered if they resort to cease work agitation for which the authority concerned will be held responsible.
The three associations said despite repeated appeals for necessary redressal of their grievances for smooth functioning of the entire setup of the department, the government remained adamant and too casual. Their demands include Promotion of ex-cadre officer to the post of additional director, Directors for Elementary & Secondary Education, Filling up of resultant vacancies and Distribution of proper assignments.
Promotion of ex-cadre officer to the post of additional director: At the meeting at Hotel Cimorb on September 2, which was convened to discuss the issue for the second time, the government sought more time to re-examine the promotion order of ex-cadre officer to the post of additional director and two months time was given for it which expired on November 2. Even after a lapse of the given two months, nothing has been initiated by the authority on the same so far.
Directors for Elementary & Secondary Education: The three constituent associations had on various occasions requested the government to appoint two directors for Elementary and Secondary Education on the basis of number of schools and employees. Elementary and Secondary Education has 2045 GPS, 961 GMS and 252 GHS against the 41 GHSS. Inspite of several rounds of talks on the matter, the government is just going ahead with its proposal of one director for 41 GHSS and denying two directors for Elementary & Secondary Education comprising 3258 schools which is discriminatory in nature and far from democratic norms of equality and justice.
Filling up of resultant vacancies: In view of Nagaland Retirement Act 2009, many officers have retired in the department and thus resultant vacancies needed to be filled up immediately for which the associations have been insisting that the government fill up the vacancies through promotion. But till date, none of the vacancy has been filled up despite many officers in the department are due for promotion over a long period of time.
Distribution of proper assignments: In order to have a peaceful working environment in the school as well as in the district level, the constituent associations asked for proper distribution of assignments by assigning principals and DDEOs to look after the matter relating to Higher Secondary section in the school and district level. They also demanded that headmasters and DEOs be assigned to look after the matter pertaining to Secondary section in the school and district level. However, so far nothing has been done in this regard, the joint release stated.