Teachers recruited under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) and Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) took part in a statelevel protest rally at Atam Park on Sunday.
They protested against the state government and said that since last three months their salaries have not been released.
They also demanded regularisation of their jobs and quashing of FIRs registered against some teachers during protest in Bathinda.
Didar Singh, president of the teachers’ union said, “Since last three years our jobs have not been regularised. We are more than 14,000 teachers across Punjab and some are working since six years but without regularisation. Also, we held various meetings with the Chief Minister and education minister but except assurances no actionhas been taken.”
Teachers are also demanding the provision of six months maternity leave for female teachers as against three months leave given currently.
Ankush Sharma, a teacher protesting against government said, “The teachers are mentally harassed as their salaries never come as per schedule. It is getting impossible to run the houses.”
They also alleged that they are given extra work of rectifying voters list, preparing blue card holders list etc but salary never comes. They
also claimed that the sweepers are not available in schools due to which the teachers and students do work of sweepers.
Following the assurance of district administration of another meeting of teachers with education minister Daljeet Singh Cheema on Monday in Chandigarh, the teachers ended their protest after few hours.