Students of Moirangpurel High School at Andro in Imphal East district, Manipur on Thursday staged a protest in the school premises against the acute shortage of teachers, while demanding to fill up the vacant posts for teachers at the earliest.
Addressing the media on the sidelines of the protest, Moirangpurel High School headmaster Kshetrimayum Johnson said that the school was selected as one of the model schools under School Fagathansi Mission in February 2020. But unfortunately, the school which has a strength of around 700 students is being managed by only eight teachers. Amid this situation, an order for transfer of one teacher from the school was issued, he said.
It is learnt that students of Moirangpurel High School will boycott classes for three days.
He said that the school is playing a crucial role in imparting quality education in the Andro assembly constituency. The school is achieving 100 per cent pass percentage in class X board examination every year, he mentioned. Therefore, people had high expectations from the school when it was selected as a model school in 2020. But on the contrary, the condition of the school is worsening due to the disproportionate number of teachers and students, he lamented.
DESAM general secretary M Somorjit said it is unfortunate to see students protesting for acute shortage of teachers. The issue is taken with utmost seriousness as many students are being enrolled in the school.
He further said that the state government is not equally treating government schools located in rural and urban areas. In far flung areas, most of the schools are facing shortage of manpower and teachers while in urban areas, such problems hardly exist. The state government should fill up the vacant teachers at the earliest otherwise various forms of agitation would be launched, he added.