Members of the Meghalaya Upper Primary School Teachers Association (MUPSTA) on March 17 met state Education minister Rakkam A Sangma and submitted a letter to him, reminding the government of their demand to upgrade 844 upper primary ad hoc schools to the deficit system.
“We want to remind the government of the proposal to upgrade 844 Upper Primary Schools to Deficit System. This proposal has been sent by the government to every Sub-Divisional School Education Officer (SDSEO). Each Upper Primary Ad hoc Schools in the state has sent their documents as required to upgrade them into the Deficit System from 2019-2020,” the memorandum submitted to the Education minister by MUPSTA president Kenneth Shadap stated.
As per a right to information finding, upgrades into the deficit system have not been made in 33 years, the last being in 1989–1990.
The Association also stated that the Director of School Education and Literacy, Shillong, had proposed the upgradation of the 844 primary adhoc schools to the deficit system vide memo no. DSEL/EL/MICS/16/2010/PT-1/270 dated April 9, 2020.
Shadap also informed that Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma, at a meeting in Asanang, West Garo Hills, in 2018, recognised the need to upgrade upper primary schools into the deficit system.