The contractual teachers employed under different centrally- sponsored schemes were resorting to "unethical and illegal demonstrations" that malign the profession of teaching in Punjab, education minister Sikandar Singh Maluka said today, adding that the SAD-BJP government would deal with the striking teachers as per the law of the land.
Maluka said the common man and traders were unhappy with these strikes by contractual teachers.
"The education department will never tolerate such unethical demonstration and will not accept any illegal demands. The striking employees have to approach officers concerned to resolve their demands in a peaceful manner," said Maluka.
He added that such teachers had already accepted the laid-down conditions for getting jobs through affidavits, and were thus violating the oath taken and civil service rules by resorting to demonstrations.
The minister categorically said that the Punjab government would usher in a new era in education sector by bringing reforms in teaching practices to provide quality education to children.
Maluka asked parents, children and sympathizers to advise striking teachers to end their demonstrations and not play into the hands of the opposition.