Mokokchung, 21 February (MTNews): In response to a statement “Issued in the Interest of Public Safety” by Dr Kekhrie Yhome, MLA & Advisor of School Education/SCERT, Nagaland, the Ao Students’ Conference (AKM) and All Sumi Students’ Union (SKK) have demanded an immediate retraction from the former. The student bodies emphasized that failure to do so will result in the initiation of appropriate actions by their unions, for which Dr Yhome will be held solely accountable.

The student bodies emphasized that Dr Yhome’s previous statement, indicating that the Ao and Sumi tribes would face a decade-long exclusion from primary teaching positions, has sparked outrage and deep concern within both communities. Despite being given a six-day window to retract his statement, Dr Yhome’s response has been perceived as reluctant and dismissive of the legitimate concerns raised. The students rather viewed that he was justifying his statement using “bombastic language.”

AKM and SKK also demanded clarity regarding the implications and intentions behind Dr Yhome’s statement. They questioned whether it implied that the Ao and Sumi communities are considered unsafe or pose a threat to the Nagas.

While acknowledging the complexities of employment policies and the importance of inclusive education, the student bodies expressed deep concern over the “deeply troubling” language used by Dr Yhome. “The suggestion that Ao and Sumis may not find employment opportunities for the next decade or so is not only disheartening but also carries undertones of discrimination and bias,” the AKM and SKK said in their joint statement.

The two organizations also condemned Dr Yhome’s “language and rhetoric” as a legislator entrusted with representing the interests of all Nagas. The student unions asserted that the “derogatory tone and implications of Dr Yhome’s statement are unacceptable and do not reflect the values of our society.”

Additionally, AKM and SKK urged the Ao Senden and Sumi Hoho to stand in solidarity with their respective communities by refraining from attending government events “until the matter reaches a logical resollution.”

Furthermore, the student unions expressed dismay at the appointment of an advisor who appears to lack emotional intelligence, particularly in a department responsible for students’ education and future. They cautioned that such an attitude could undermine the sense of brotherhood among the people and contribute to a chaotic state.

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