SKM students’ wing unloads criticism on State Govt

Gangtok, 03 Aug:

Sikkim Krantikari Morcha’s students’ front has alleged that students in primary section of government schools have been deprived of basic facilities. The students’ front has demanded that the government provide all required basic facilities in the primary section for the overall development of students.

Addressing a press conference here today, SKM students’ front vice-president, Bhim Kumari Sharma, alleged that kindergarten sections in the government schools do not have proper facilities of toilets, playgrounds and other basics.

On the same, she added that due to lack of such basic facilities, most of the people do not want to send their children in government schools resulting in a decrease in enrolment of students.

She also alleged that the State Government was never serious about libraries in school so the government students have been deprived of new and good books in the school library. She demanded the government to immediately provide all required basic facilities in the government schools.

Students’ front chief convener, Karma Tashi Bhutia, in turn, stressed upon the need of State Education Board in the State. He alleged that the SDF government has failed to setup the board and pointed out that schools were affiliated to CBSE and new academic session of schools start in Feb while the CBSE new academic session starts in June or July.

He added that the changing of the school curriculum or books has been affecting schools since these happen mid-term.

Mr Bhutia mentioned that if the State had its own education board, then it could teach students about history, geography and other details of Sikkim. He stated that students do not have the opportunity to learn about Sikkim much since schools here are affiliated to CBSE.

He mentioned that the SKM manifesto of 2014 has already announced constituting a State Education Board.

On the issue of the admission in Sikkim University, Mr Bhutia asserted that SU was a central subject so instead to pressurizing the university administration for admission of locals, SDF MPs should raise this issue in the Parliament.

He also expressed surprise over raising of the issue by SDF Ministers after 10 years of the establishment of the university in the State. He alleged that the State Government was not serious or sincere in implementing educational scholarships to students of Sikkim.

On the recent announcement of one family-one job of the State Government, SKM students’ front general secretary, Sonam Chopel Sherpa, stressed on first regularizing all MR and adhoc employees and work for the welfare of existing government employees instead of making such announcements.

He demanded inclusion of 402 SSA employees in government pay roll and sought regularization of all adhoc and MR employees in the school and release of all arrears for the pay revision in one installment (wef from 2016).

He also demanded regularization of the services of 3,486 adhoc teachers under SSA and HRDD, assistant professors and implementation of equal work-equal pay properly in the State. He further demanded that the government stop political victimization of teachers.

Students’ front secretary, Zigmi Dorjee Bhutia, strongly condemned and criticised the holding of a party meeting at Sombaria Senior Secondary School in West Sikkim today during school hours.

He also demanded that the government provide good quality school uniforms before the school session begins.

Likewise, SKM general secretary [press & publicity], Bikash Basnet, mentioned that the SKM 2014 election manifesto had programmes to regularise all adhoc teachers, laptops for students from class 8 onwards with internet facilities, scholarship release before 31 March every year, end to political victimization and framing of an innovative transfer policy, provision of all basic required facilities and infrastructure in schools and others.

He added that SKM would also set up the State Education board, and school service commission and other steps to make Sikkim an educational hub.