Protesting against the government’s move of doing away with over 3,000 guest teachers in Delhi government schools, the Guest Teachers’ Association on Sunday morning staged a protest outside Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence and later showed the CM black flags in a rally he was addressing at Jantar Mantar.
The group was detained by Delhi Police at Parliament Street police station. Teachers employed on contractual basis in government schools have been demanding permanent employment, including appointment of a pay committee under the Seventh Pay Commission.
Permanent job for contractual employees was one of the promises made by the AAP before polls.
“The government has terminated the services of over 3,000 teachers saying it doesn’t require our services anymore. This is when there are at least 40,000 teacher’s posts lying vacant. They promised us the first thing they would do when they came to power would be to make guest teachers permanent. But instead, they are doing this,” said Parveen Tobria, one of the teachers.
The association also met former education minister Kiran Walia and apprised her of their issues. “The CM refused to meet us and sneaked out of the back of his house. When we tried to protest at Jantar Mantar, we were taken to the police station. Not only has this government not kept its promise, it seems they are working against guest teachers’ interests,” Tobria added.