Adhoc school teachers have decided to continue with their protest until the State government decides to sit for the cabinet and take up their demand.
“Our protest will continue. We will sit here and wait until the next cabinet meeting of the government,” Federation of Adhoc School Teachers of Meghalaya (FASTOM) spokesperson Mayborn Lyngdoh announced.
He said all the adhoc teachers in Garo Hills too will continue with their protest.
Yesterday, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong had urged the teachers to return home and sleep comfortably in their beds while also alluding to nefarious “hidden agenda” if they continue with their agitation.
“The hidden agenda is very clear Bah Prestone. It is very open. We just want our enhancement and increment. That is it! That is the only hidden agenda that we have and this agenda is open since 2019. The reason why we are sitting here till today is because we kept waiting for promises after promises,” Lyngdoh said.
The State government had decided to enhance the lump sum grant to aided schools. However the Deputy Chief Minister was unable to reveal how much extra the schools will be getting as this will be finalised at the next cabinet meeting.
Stating that the teachers have received overwhelming support of people from all walks of life including political leaders and NGOs, Lyngdoh said this is because everyone is aware that “we are protesting for our rights”
He further added that the delegation of FASTOM had already conveyed to the deputy chief minister that calling off the protest will depend on the collective decision of the adhoc teachers.