IMPHAL, May 8, 2018: Members of the Democratic Students’ Alliance Manipur (DESAM) locked the Manipur education department (schools) on Monday, with demands of the transfer and appointment of teachers free from corruption and the resignation of education minister Th. Radheshyam and director of the department, Th. Kirankumar.
DESAM secretary general Sheetal Oinam alleged that because of the pressure of the MLAs on the education department, they were unable to take up the transfer process.
“As soon as the department notifies the transfer and utilisation orders, the tables in the office are filled with letters from the MLAs and ministers. The department has become powerless and functionless. It cancels its transfer orders the next day. So, we are shutting down the office,” said the student leader.
The students demanded that education should be made a disturbance-free zone.
“The ministers and MLAs are acting against the government’s slogan to root out corruption from the state. What can the government do for the students in the state when the government breaks its own principles?” he asked.
“We have submitted memorandums to the minister and the director, urging them to take action against those teachers who fail to report at the schools after their transfer order was served for over a month’s time. Instead of taking up appropriate measures, the director is asked to cancel the transfer orders,” said the student leader.
Security personnel tried to stop students from breaking into the directorate of education, but the students managed to break into the office of the director. However, he was not present.
“The irresponsible education minister and the director should resign. We will continue to agitate and the department will be locked until the problem of teachers’ shortage in the hill and rural schools is solved,” he added.
TNT News with inputs from The Telegraph
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