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I am a Meghalaya SSA teacher and this is my sorry plight!

Date: August 14,2018

To 

The Editor

TNT- The Northeast Today

 

Respected Sir/Madam,

My journey as an SSA teacher in Meghalaya has been quite a dilemma . But I love my job as I love my family. Imparting knowledge and receiving the same amount of knowledge I have been doing and I consider myself to be still on a learning quest. As I enter my class, I don’t see myself as a teacher but I see myself as a father figure to gain and give moral values to my children.

So often, I have heard people say that teaching is an easy task, anyone can be a teacher if applied for a teacher in school or any institution and earn easily. Is that really easy as it seems from the outside? Well I can’t change someone’s point of view about certain profession. I would rather say that each and every profession has its own “Modus-Operandi”.

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Let me put it my way, the profession which I have chosen is more ‘baby-sitting’, where I spend hours with thousands of children. My responsibility and priority increases manifold when I sit with them and when I have to make each and every one of them understand and learn. Like every finger in our hand is not the same, similarly every student’s way of understanding and grabbing things differs. But my duty is to make the children educated rather than just literate.

Apart from being teacher I am also a father, a husband, a son and a friend and also the only sole earner in my family. How am I doing? What is my part in my family? Are the questions which arises as month passes by. Earlier, before election I was told by a candidate that he would tackle SSA-teachers’ pending Salaries” and in a hope that at least he cares, I, and many like me voted for him and he fortunate or unfortunately won the elections.

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As months pass by, the situation remains the same, I am still empty-pocket, the only thing remaining with me is the debt from my relatives, neighbour and my friends. Day seems restless and night seems undending but do I have any other choice? Not being able to pay for my daughter’s school fees, not being able to fill the empty vessels and jars. Sometimes it pushes my limits, slits my passion and my career but do I have a choice?

With humble request to the state government: Respected Sir/Madam, please understand that before being a teacher I am a human being so please kindly consider my request and let each teacher like me live in peace with enough and timely income to feed me and my family.

An aggrieved teacher hoping against hopes 

Featured image courtesy: All Meghalaya SSA School Teachers’ Association – Ribhoi District Unit


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8 surrendered GNLA cadres- a sheer case of misguided youth! Where are we heading?

Date: March 14, 2018

Respected Editor,

I would like to draw your attention to the employment issues that the youth are facing in Northeast India.With the development taking its toll in Shillong, the employment sectors have seemed to lose its way.

Many of the youth are not being able to come up with opportunities due to which they have chosen to travel abroad or are sometimes forced to opt for illegal ways to earn livelihood.

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Let us take the example of the 8 GNLA cadres who surrendered recently in Shillong. The question to be asked here is that if these young people really wanted to become militants and fight for their rights, they would have continued their fight even after the death of Sohan D Shira. But the very fact that they surrendered proves that they chose the path of insurgency due to lack of viable opportunity to earn a dignified living. Isn’t there enough source of employment where they can earn their livelihood? The answer is No

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Can this also be the reason causing increase in crimes prevailing not only within the state but also in numerous parts of the country? Few days back I came across news where few youth were arrested in a smuggling case in Guwahati. Such kind of incidents are rising with each passing day. In future it may become a serious issue and it is better to tackle this problem as our first priority. As it said “Prevention is better than cure”.

Yours Faithfully,

Preetty Chambugong Marak


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An open letter to the Chief Minister of Meghalaya Conrad Sangma

To,
The Editor
Dear Sir/Ma’am,

In view of the recent proposal made by the Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Mr. Conrad Sangma to External Affairs Minister of India, Sushma Swaraj to moot the Work Permit of Bangladeshi Nationals in our State and country, I wish to send our beloved Chief Minister a message through this open letter via your medium.


To,
The New Chief Minister of Meghalaya,
Mr. Conrad Sangma.

Respected Sir,

Subject – Work Permit for Bangladeshi Nationals.

With reference to the subject cited above, I would like to enlighten you that the state is already “SUFFERING” from the stigma of “UNEMPLOYMENT” and here you are mooting the “Work Permit” for the Bangladeshis in our state and country.

Let me warm your Excellency with a simple question:

What is the value of a Master’s Degree in Meghalaya?

A student holding a Master’s degree in any subject holds a Master’s Degree no greater than that of a graduate and sometimes the degree is of lesser value than that of a Class XII pass.

The patriarch predecessors of the Government in Meghalaya has devalued a Master’s degree. A Master’s degree is only good on paper and pleasing to the ears.

Allow me to explain –
Approximately, 90% of the Government posts in our state that are available to apply for; the minimum qualifications required starts with class VIII pass and the highest being Bachelor’s (any stream).

For instance:
Police department – In the last three years of my observation, the vacant posts are for either Constables or Sub-inspectors. (Qualifications required – Class XII pass and Bachelor’s)

Teaching – B.A. (B.ed) and B.A. (D.El.Ed.) are the only qualified catch for the Deficit and SSA pay scale.

Ad-hoc does accept a Master’s Degree, but the problem with that, is that most schools are looking to employ more teachers with a Master’s degree tagged with B.ed with a hope of being provincialised, and colleges will not take in without Master’s tagged with NET (National Eligibility Test).

Government offices – Most offices are very adamant based on qualifications; which is fair. A Master’s Degree holder is not allowed to apply for the post of a peon or driver because they are deemed “OVER QUALIFIED”.

With that being said, the minimal scale pay of a Peon is Rs 17,800 to be exact. If a Master’s Degree holder is willing to work as a peon with his or her qualifications, I do not find it difficult for the employers to employ them.

Note: It is also obvious that we will not want to work as a peon with our degree. It’s a mockery to our Degree. But why are we willing to do so should also be another question to be discussed.

Private enterprises – Private enterprises are such life savers. They employ the cream – the very qualified and efficient from the lot at the cheapest rate.

IS IT OUR FAULT THAT WE ARE MASTER’S GRADUATES?

Does having a Master’s degree mean that one is qualified to be subjected to exploitation of qualification?

Very often, I find my Master’s comrades landing an officiating job in some school or college at Rs 200 and Rs 300 per day. In some cases it’s lesser than that, whereas a daily labourer – let’s take a coolie for example, now values at Rs 450 or Rs 500 per day.

P.S. There are minimal or no posts for Masters’ except some that arrives like Halley’s Comet once in every three to four years.

Flawed system – When you have unqualified Ministers dictating office, recommended rich brats flooding the government posts and relatives and friends of these excuse of a human being, holding responsible public posts, it is only expected to witness what we witness.

As of 30th June 2016 statistics, 39,472 unemployed youths have registered with the Employment Exchange in the various districts. It is pretty certain that the number of the unregistered is also alarmingly high.

Where will our youths go?!

Pardon me for being a keen observer, but I am critical that there are a good number of Bangladeshis that are already working with big contractors. These Contractors fish cheap Bangladeshi labour and employ them at cheaper rates. As a result, most of our own citizens are left jobless. These then go on to get themselves a Pan-card and an Epic to become full-fledged citizens of India. How? That is a universal truth that every citizen of Meghalaya is aware of. I do not deem it important to comment.

These are then used as vote banks. These needed a home, a job and a right of an Indian citizen. They are given all the above, allegiance is something they must pay to someone.

The growing number of voters in every constituency is something that must be monitored very meticulously.

Where will our labourers go? How will development come? From where will we progress?

We are already populated with illegal immigrants who are now proud citizens of India, and your grace’s short-sightedness is only going to drain the life out of this beautiful state of Meghalaya of which we call ‘Home’.

As a citizen of Meghalaya, I hope you address to the need and angst of the citizens of your country and more so of the people of the state of Meghalaya first which is “THE NEED OF THE HOUR”. Discussions on International issues can be discussed once the problems of unemployment of our people are met at.

Thank you,
With utmost sincerity,
(Citizen of Meghalaya, India)
Mayborn Lyngdoh R.


The writer can be reached at calebdelshe@gmail.com

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