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Members of the UT cadre educational employees union have demanded special coaches for differently abled students studying in city government schools. They met with UT advisor Vijay Kumar Dev on Monday to express concern over the lack of facilities for differently abled students and placed their demands.
Currently, only one coach in a total of 112 government schools in the city is for children with special needs.
“It is important for children with special needs to get the right exercise and practice. There are at least 10-12 differently abled students in each government school. Just one coach cannot attend to all,” said Swarn Singh Kamboj, president of the union.
The other issues raised by the union were regularisation of contract teachers working in the education department for more than 18 years and provision of salaries according to the central pay scale to instructors, librarians and lab attendants working in the education department.
In 2013, the UT education department had promoted 186 trained graduate teachers as lecturers after which 13 lecturers working on contractual basis were relieved of their positions. The union has also sought jobs for these contractual lecturers.
“There needs to be a secure policy for contractual teachers. Even after they have served for more than 10 years, not much is done about regularising their jobs,” Kamboj said.
Vijay Kumar Dev assured the union that appropriate action would be initiated by the administration for implementation of stated demands.
Earlier this month, the UT cadre educational employees had also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office and placed their demands. The demands listed in the letter included immediate action on teachers on deputation overstaying in Chandigarh and repatriation to their parent states, regularisation of salaries and posts of contractual computer teachers and provision of salaries on a monthly basis.
In response, the Prime Minister’s office had sent a letter to the UT administrator’s office, asking it to look into the pending demands and appointments were then enforced by the education department.