Teachers threaten to stage protest

NIOS row

SHILLONG: The Meghalaya SSA School Teachers’ Association (MSSASA) threatened to agitate if the government did not resolve the row over diploma results with Noida-based National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) “whose negligence has affected around 900 teachers”.
The agitating teachers, including deficit, ad hoc and SSA, held a sit-in demonstration at the parking lot of the Additional Secretariat building on Thursday to boycott the examinations of the first batch (2013) of Diploma in Elementary Education (D.El.Ed) conducted by NIOS. The exams started on Thursday.
The teachers held placards demanding that NIOS immediately revoke the D.El.Ed examinations 2017 of batch 2013-14 in which they alleged that some teachers were marked absent in practical and theory. The protesters alleged that those who repeat multiple times for the same paper were given same marks.
MSSASA president Aristotle Rymbai said approximately 900 teachers were affected because of NIOS’s failure to declare complete D.El.Ed results for the 2013 batch. He said as per the direction of the HRD Ministry, untrained teachers will need to acquire D.El.Ed and they have time till 2019.
“The state has not called for talks. So the trainees will continue to boycott the examinations. There is no clarity despite sending a reminder on November 6 on what steps they have taken on the NIOS programme,” he said. The MSSASA president was referring to the reminder sent on November 6 to the Director of Educational Research and Training in which the association requested for a report of the legal notice to NIOS.
The association has urged the director to resolve the matter with NIOS by November 9 to avoid further agitation by aggrieved trainees.
Expressing surprise at the state government’s inaction, Rymbai said, “It has affected the future of the teachers.”
He added that there were irregularities and lack of communication between the regional office of NIOS in Guwahati and the headquarters.  
He informed that final examination of students will not be affected.

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