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Teachers protest as school faces shutdown

A crumbling building, disgruntled teachers and suffering students, nothing is going right at the Guru Harkishan Public School in west Delhi’s Fateh Nagar.

delhi Updated: Apr 27, 2012 01:00 IST
Mallica Joshi

A crumbling building, disgruntled teachers and suffering students, nothing is going right at the Guru Harkishan Public School in west Delhi’s Fateh Nagar.

On Thursday, teachers of the school stopped traffic on Jail Road to protest against the management committee and the principal of the school.

“We have not been paid our salaries for the past seven months. Despite this, we did not let classes be affected and kept teaching students. We have cooperated with the school authorities for a long time, but we have reached out thresholds and cannot tolerate this behaviour anymore,” said TP Singh Saini, one of the protesting teachers.

The management committee, however, maintains that it has tried to resolve the issue but is helpless.

“We have not enough money to pay the teachers. The number of students in the school is small. Every month, we get R17 lakh as fees from students, whereas the teacher salaries amount to R31 lakh,” the school chairperson, Baldev Singh Rani Bagh, said.

Parents and students are suffering in the tussle between the management and the teachers.

The students on Wednesday got a message that the school would be closed down soon.

“Our students have performed very well for many years. Last year, the topper in Class 12 scored 93%. The teachers are also doing a good job but the students are suffering. We are paying a very high fee and are not getting our dues,” said Hardeep Singh, a parent.

A member of the management committee says that it is trying to sort out the matter amicably.

“They told us that we should start work as clerks in the Gurudwara management committee but we are teachers. They should transfer us to other branches,” Saini added.