Govt-aided college teachers protest, threaten to boycott examinations
Teachers from government aided colleges in Punjab and Chandigarh held a two-hour protest against nonpayment of salaries for the past nine months at the Sector 25 rally ground on Friday.The teachers, led by the Punjab & Chandigarh College Teachers Union.chandigarh Updated: Mar 08, 2014 12:23 IST
Teachers from government aided colleges in Punjab and Chandigarh held a two-hour protest against nonpayment of salaries for the past nine months at the Sector 25 rally ground on Friday.
The teachers, led by the Punjab & Chandigarh College Teachers Union ( PCCTU) demanded that the Punjab government pay their salaries, failing which they threatened to boycott the upcoming exams.
PCCTU general secretary Kuldip Singh said, “Teachers in government aided colleges have not been paid for the last nine months.
The first quarterly grant (March to May) was distributed in November, while the government has yet release grants for two quarters. We have been left left with no choice but to resort to such protests.”
The union’s convener Iqbal Preet Kaur demanded the facility of childcare leave for female teachers at par with those in government colleges. She also demanded that the academic performance index, a mandatory requirement for teachers to be selected and promoted which was introduced alongside the sixth Pay Commission in 2010, be scrapped.
PCCTU president PS Gill condemned the education department for not implementing the demands, which education minister Sikander Singh Maluka had agreed to on December 20, 2012.
Gill also sought extension of services for teachers above 60 years of age, on par with government employees, as well as creation of posts of professors in aided colleges like those in government institutions.
The union has also condemned the Punjab government for not extending benefits of the 2006 pay to teachers working in unaided posts.