After she allegedly created a ruckus during the Teachers’ Day function held at Thyagraj Stadium on Monday, a government school teacher was suspended for the alleged “misconduct”.
The order was issued by the Delhi government’s Directorate of Education (DOE) on September 7. It stated that “disciplinary proceedings against” Raj Bala Saini is “contemplated”.
Confirming the suspension, DOE chief Padmini Singla said, “Her conduct during the Teachers’ Day award ceremony was unbecoming… A showcause memo will be issued in a few days, which will give details of the incident and the reason for her suspension…”
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A member of the Government School Teachers’ Association (DSTA), Saini was among the group of teachers protesting outside the stadium. They were demanding the removal of pay anomalies, which have allegedly been pending since the Sixth Pay Commission.
Alleging that the AAP had promised to listen to their demands, DSTA general secretary Ajay Veer Yadav said, “We have appealed to the CM several times, but no action has been taken so far. On Teachers’ Day, we had decided to hold a protest at the CM’s event to draw his attention to our issues.”
Meanwhile, Saini alleged that she was merely trying to speak to the CM. “I managed to enter the venue… As I tried to reach the stage, I was stopped by 6-7 women and taken to a room. I was assured that the CM would speak to me. My phone was taken away. I waited for over an hour but the CM never turned up. Later, I was informed by the school authorities of my suspension,” she said.
“Is this how you treat teachers on Teachers’ Day… The AAP does not care about our grievances,” said Saini.
A Delhi government official said, “We have video footage of what she did. She shouted and she tore garlands from the stage. There was indiscipline on