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The Yimkhiung Akheru Arihako (YAA), the apex student body of the Yimkhiung Nagas, commenced its indefinite agitation today at Shamator and Chessore headquarters.

Yimkhiung Shamator

The democratic agitation began with a public rally, where hundreds of students and well-wishers joined in both headquarters. The rally aimed to express resentment against the Department of School Education for its failure to address the issue of teacher shortages within the Yimkhiung jurisdiction in the districts of Shamator and Kiphire.

The rally was peaceful and concluded with the submission of a memorandum to the Principal Director, the Department of School Education through the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Shamator, and SDO (C) Chessore under the Shamator district, and ADC Pungro under the Kiphire district.

The student body reminded the government that on 30 June 2023; a memorandum was submitted, demanding the redressal of the teacher shortage. Subsequently, a reminder letter was sent on 22 August 2023, and on 18 January 2024 a 14-day ultimatum was issued, but to no avail.

The students warned that no school admissions would be undertaken within their jurisdiction until their demands were met. The provisions of the agitation include the closure of government offices and schools, along with restrictions on the movement of government-registered vehicles. However, schools related to HSLC and HSSLC classes and centers will be allowed to open and function.

No tourists and researchers will be allowed to visit or stay, while the Likimro Hydro Electrical Project will not be permitted to operate or function during the agitation. It is learned that the YAA is demanding the allotment of 280 teachers in all categories, including Physical Education Teacher (PET), Graduate Teacher (GT), Post Graduate Teacher (PGT), Hindi Teacher, Language Teacher, and more.

Mokokchung Times

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