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WSKH for release of payments for construction works in govt schools

Published on 22 Sep. 2013 2:01 AM IST
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Western Sumi Kukami Hoho (WSKH) has appealed to the chief minister to direct the school education department and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) to immediately release the backlog payments for various construction works in government middle schools (GMSs) and government primary schools (GPSs) under district education officer (DEO) Dimapur in particular and the state in general.

In a press release, WSKH president Y. Isawoto Zhimomi pointed out that, as per the condition of the work order, all the works were deemed to be completed by March 31, 2013. However, the Hoho said works could not be done accordingly as the responsible department released only two piecemeal installments commuting to about 40% per unit estimate.

Because of this, the Hoho said School Management Committee (SMC) had to halt the works and the upgraded classes had to be conducted under “pitiable condition on temporary arrangements.”

Asserting it was a great relief for the institutes in the rural areas when schools were upgraded as per the need in the locality, WSHK, however, stated that department failed to appoint Science, Maths, English and Hindi subject teachers in most of the schools and academic calendar year was drawing to an end without having proper and regular classes in those subjects.

When Right to Education (RTE) was welcomed with huge appreciations by citizens, the Hoho said the proclamation of the state government to provide quality education in government schools was “simply a conclusive example of vague exercise.”

However, the WSKH said it would not allow any political party or government “to hijack the Fundamental Rights of the schooling lots for political mileage or personal interest”.

Therefore, WSKH has urged the school education department and SSA to immediately release pending payments of the construction works 2012-’13; appoint full strength of teachers in all the upgraded schools for all subjects as required and release pending salaries of the teachers under SSA.

The Hoho while expressing hope for early positive action cautioned that it would not “remain a mute spectator” but resort to its own course of action felt deem fit.

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