Wangkhao Government College students protest against lack of teachers
Dimapur, Feb. 13 (EMN): Students of Wangkhao Government College in Mon district on Thursday took to the street in protest against the inadequate number of teaching faculty in the college.
In a telephonic conversation with Eastern Mirror, general secretary of Wangkhao Government College Students’ Union T Pangnyei Konyak informed that the students had, on several occasions, requested for deployment of teachers in the department which do not have inadequate staff as many teachers were transferred and no replacement was made against the vacant posts.
According to Konyak, Education, English and Sociology departments do not have enough teachers even as the routine for the university examination has been declared.
He lamented that despite repeated requests to every concerned authority and agency to provide them with teachers, their verbal assurance fell on deaf ears. He added that the Education and English departments are yet to get a teacher.
In a hand-out, the students’ union stated it was not a joy to protest but was left with no other option to make the issue known to the concerned authority. It stated that the students no longer believe in any verbal assurance but simply need teachers to teach them.
Konyak went on to state that the students are enrolled to get education adding that without teacher it was beyond imagination to acquire quality education. Konyak also informed that in the government policy, every department must have at least five teachers except for sociology.
Konyak informed that currently only Political department has five teachers but Education has only one teacher which was not enough since it is an honours paper, while the English department has three teachers which was also not sufficient.
He informed that the university examinations would start on April 2 but some English papers are yet to start. Presently, the college has 474 students with only 17 teachers out of which 10 are regular and seven were on a contract basis.
He further informed that the students would continue to protest until teachers are appointed to teach them.
Meanwhile, the Eastern Nagaland College Students’ Union (ENCSU) has strongly expressed displeasure over the acute shortage of lecturers in Wangkhao College at Mon.
The union have demanded the state government and the department of Higher Education look into the matter and provide the lecturers as per the University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines.
The union stated that the students would continue the peaceful and non- violent protest until the demand was fulfilled.
ENCSU has extended unflinching support with the students of Wangkhao College on their genuine demand.