At a meeting of state executive committee of Government Teachers Union (UT) on Thursday, chaired by president Dr Vinod Sharma, the long pending demands and problems faced by the regular, SSA, contract, guest faculty, part time, special training teachers and volunteers were discussed.
The committee pointed out that the majority of senior teachers are on the verge of retirement without availing a single chance of promotion in their entire career. Hence, the committee decided to hold a meeting of Departmental Promotion Committee to fill up the post of promotion quota of various cadres.
The committee members reviewed the present status of pending demands which included fixation of notional pay as per notification of Punjab Government dated April 4, 2011, to fill up vacant posts of all cadre reserved for promotion quota, implementation of court case for center pay scale for work experience cadre; increase of salary of part time lecturer and guest faculty teachers at par SSA and contract teachers, policy for non-relieving of teachers of any faculty due to summer vacations, pay scale of master/mistress to drawing, PTI and tailoring teachers as per Punjab Government circular dated May 13, 2011, posting of headmasters/headmistresses in all middle schools under SSA society, additional increament to school heads and probation period cases of school heads and teachers. Another demand put forward was of the implementation of 3% disabled quota for group A and B posts in promotions.
Members of the Inclusive Education Resource Teachers’ (IERT) union on Thursday held a symbolic protest by sweeping the road from Phase 8 to Phase 9. IERT teachers from all over the state have been agitating to demand more pay and benefits since May.
Two of the union members who were on fast-unto-death were admitted to the civil hospital due to their deteriorating health condition. Several other members have been admitted to the hospital over the past one month.
Union spokesperson Rajat Ahuja said, “We only have two demands. First, we want a regular pay scale as our salaries are meager and we toil hard and even go to the students’ houses to teach them. Our work is harder than the regular teachers because we have to teach mentally and physically challenged children. Second, we have no holidays at any time of the year we like unlike our counterparts in regular schools who have summer and winter vacations.” Ahuja added that the teachers have gone all-out in the last one month to hold candle marches, protest rallies and symbolic activities. “But all of it is falling on deaf ears of the officials. The education officials have failed to pay heed to our miserable condition,” he said.