The Meghalaya Upper Primary School Teachers Association (MUPSTA) has requested the Education Department to consider paying senior teachers a lump sum retirement payout of Rs 5 lakh each.
MUPSTA met Education Minister Rakkam Sangma yesterday and submitted the suggestion to him. According to the association, many teachers who are older do not have the required teaching certificates and are ineligible to sit for them due to age restrictions. Therefore, and in order to make way for more qualified, younger teachers, these existing teachers could be offered the lump sum as part of a voluntary retirement plan.
In another request, MUPSTA asked the government to consider paying Rs 10 lakh to each ad hoc teacher as a retirement payout as they are not eligible currently for a pension even if they have been teaching for decades.
Another petition submitted to the minister was to do with the pending upgrade of 844 upper primary ad hoc schools to the deficit system of funding. Although the upgrade was approved in 2020, it has yet to be carried out three years later, MUPSTA reminded Sangma.