With the protest enters its fourth day,around 500 teachers participated in a massive demonstration held near hotel Shivalik view,Sector-17 on Tuesday. Joint Action Committee of Teachers (UT) is protesting against the DPI (s) for suspending four government teachers and lodging FIR against them.
Apparently resentful teachers shouted slogans in support of the suspended teachers and against the officers of UTs education department. The JAC also announced that it will not allow the proposed increase in the school timings for the teachers,till the other provisions of the RTE Act 2009 are implemented. JAC co-convener Swarn Singh Kamboj said,The JAC is not against the faculty development programme started by the education department but it simply wanted the department to postpone this programme for sometime so that the newly promoted lecturers can refresh the subject matter in which they did their post graduations more than 25 years ago.
The committee further stated that before conducting a re-test for the teachers,discussion should be done. Bhag Singh,convener and a teacher at GMSSS-23,said,We are not anti-faculty development programme but at the same time,the dignity of the teachers should be maintained. The teacher who was teaching Sanskrit for past 22 years has been promoted to teach English in Secondary classes,where as another teacher who was teaching Physics has been promoted to teach Economics,the teachers were completely out of touch with the respective subject,he/she at least needs enough time to prepare the subject.
The committee claimed that it will continue the protest till the suspension orders against the government teachers are rolled back. The committee plans to continue protest again,on Wednesday,near Shivalik view at 5pm,by blocking the roads.