Teachers of the Haryana government took out a rally on Friday,under the banner of Haryana School Teachers Union,asking the government to regularise contractual teachers in schools and also employ more teachers as per the norms of the Right To Education (RTE) Act to improve quality of education.
Teachers from different districts of the state protested outside the Shiksha Sadan in Sector 5 and later took out a rally towards Chandigarh. However,they were not allowed to proceed owing to the heavy presence of police personnel. The teachers then decided on submitting a memorandum of demands to the Haryana Education Minister,Geeta Bhukkal.
It was only late in the afternoon on Friday that a 7-member committee of teachers were allowed to proceed to the capital and submit demands to the Minister,following which the protest was lifted.
The teachers demanded the government rationalise their recruitment as per the strength of students,in accordance with the norms under the RTE Act.
According to the teachers the classrooms cannot accomodate a large number of students and hence, there should be not more than 30 students at the primary level,35 students at upper primary level and 40 students at the secondary level in each class.
At present,they said,each class had more than these numbers. It was sought that the number of teachers in the schools be restricted to ensure that students recieve quality education.
The teachers also asked for the government to transfer the teachers on the basis of the applications they moved with the higher officials and not with the minister. Also,they asked the government to supply uniforms and books in the educational institutions.
The District President of Union for Panchkula,Chajju Ram,said the government should meet their demands at the earliest. He said that the rationalisation was required to improve on the quality of education at the schools.
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