An event hosted by the official association of Delhi government school teachers Thursday took a political colour as many of those who spoke on stage took aim at the Delhi government.
Among them were the convenor of the Delhi BJP’s ‘intellectual cell’; national president of an outfit called the Bharat Mata Parivar; and organising secretary of the Bharat Vikas Parishad.
The event, hosted by the Government School Teachers’ Association, was organised to “honour teachers” and “discuss issues related to education in Delhi”, and saw over 500 Delhi government school teachers in attendance.
Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari was supposed to be the chief guest, but he did not turn up.
Targeting the AAP government over its education interventions, general secretary of the association Ajay Veer Yadav claimed the government has “progressively undermined the respect of teachers by empowering school management committees (SMC)”.
An SMC includes parent representatives, a social worker and a representative of the local MLA.
Murari Sharan Shukla, national president of outfit Bharat Mata Parivar, called Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal “a Maoist”, while Amit Kharkhari, convenor of Delhi BJP’s ‘intellectual cell’, claimed that “under this government, teachers can’t meet the minister and senior officials”.
The key speaker, Suresh Jain, organising secretary of Bharat Vikas Parishad, said: “Many problems are plaguing society… Why is that the case? Students should be taught sanskaar… they are becoming individualistic, which is causing them to commit crimes in society…”