Around 1,600 teachers from across Mumbai protested against the government on Teacher’s Day over the implementation of seniority scales and the new rules for appointment of teachers.
A group of 1,500-odd teachers protested at Poybawadi School, Parel, demanding a change in the rules for appointment of teachers. A government regulation (GR) issued on August 28 said schools will get permission to appoint teachers on the basis of number of divisions and only one teacher will be approved to teach all languages.
“Employing one teacher to teach all languages is an attack on education and compromising the quality of education. The GR should be scrapped,” said Kapil Patil, MLC from teachers’ constituency.
More than 100 teachers staged a protest at BMC’s education department in Dadar demanding their dues. “Even retired teachers are facing this problem. We are fighting on behalf of all teachers,” said Natie Joseph, a retired teacher from St Thomas High School, Goregaon.
A senior civic official said the issues will be resolved soon. “We will take up every issue and work out a strategy to solve them,” he said.
The teachers have also planned to stage a wider agitation if their demands are not met soon. “We feel a dialogue with the education minister is essential. If that does not happen, we plan on staging a bigger agitation,” said Amol Dhamdhere, vice president of Indian Education Society (IES).