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SSA teachers call off protest

The SSA teachers called off their 11 day protest against mandatory training programmes during summer vacations today.

Exempted from mandatory training for a week,assured equal seminar duties for all teachers from next year

The SSA teachers called off their 11 day protest against mandatory training programmes during summer vacations today.

Sandeep Hans,Director Public Instruction (schools),held a meeting with the SSA teachers’ delegation at his office. He assured them that they would be exempted from the programme for one week and the teachers called off their protest.

He also assured them that next year both regular and SSA teachers would be given equal seminar duties. The SSA teachers who were on a silent protest at the seminar venues decided to call off their silent protest.

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Since 2008 SSA teachers have been put on a 30 day mandatory in-service training programme during the summer vacations. This year,since June 2,the SSA teachers in different centres were on a silent protest,boycotting the seminars and wearing black ribbons.

As many as 550 Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) teachers and their family members had assembled today at the rally ground in Sector 25 to protest against their mandatory 30 day in-service training programme during the summer vacations.

Every teacher wrote a request letter to the Shivraj V Patil (Administrator cum President of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Governing Council),KK Sharma (Advisor cum Vice President of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Governing Council) and V K Singh (Finance Secretary cum Education Secretary cum Chairman of Executive Committee of SSA,UT,Chandigarh). In the letter they appealed to officials to relieve them from the full 30 day programme during summer vacations.

Arvind Rana,president of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teacher Welfare Association said,“We already had requested the State Project Director cum DPI (s) for assigning in-service training duties for ten days as per norms of Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD).” He added that there is not a single state and UT in India which holds mandatory 30 days in-service training programme for teachers and even in Punjab no seminars are held for SSA teachers during summer vacations.

Ajay Upmanyu,General Secretary of Association said. “Twice we had met DPI (s) and he had assured that he will not discriminate between regular and contract teacher but nothing has been done to address our problem.”