Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal expressed shock over Education Minister Sikander Singh Maluka’s decision to replace 411 male teachers posted in girls schools with female teachers posted in boys schools.
“I am personally against this decision and it is not in tune with modern time,” Harsimrat said after a delegation of 21 male teachers met her in Mansa.
The Education Minister took this decision, last month, after a few cases of sexual harassment came to light. Despite Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s assurance to look into the matter, Maluka ordered the teachers to report to their schools by April 1st.
However, a plan to transfer another 1000 was dropped after opposition from the teachers. The 411 male teachers are feeling humiliated about the transfer. The delegation of teachers who met Harsimat Badal are from Bathinda, Mansa, Faridkot, Muktsar, Fazilka etc.
“I am shocked to listen to this decision. I thought that the matter has been resolved. I am personally not in favour of this decision, and it is discriminating.” Harsimat said. “I will talk to the Education Minister and request him to take back this decision.”
The teachers delegation, led by Surinder Pal Singh Mann and Harjinder Singh Dhillon, welcomed her gesture.
“About 35% of the 411 teachers have already been transferred. The remaining teachers are feeling embarrassed.” There are about 6,500 schools in Punjab with girls on their attendance roll. So shifting of male teachers from all those schools does not make any logic, they added.