Thousands of teachers took to the streets in the state capital on Friday demanding the withdrawal of extended school timings, removal of alleged anomalies in the staffing pattern, among others.
The teachers, under the banner of Rajasthan Shikhsak Sangh (Rashtriya), walked from the Ram Niwas Bagh to Udyog Maidan to press for their 10-point demand charter.
Addressing the agitators at Udyog Maidan, state president of Rajasthan Shikhsak Sangh (R), Ramavtar Sharma, said the government has been apprised of the brewing resentment among teachers over various demands several times, but they have continued to look away. With their back against the wall, the teachers now had no other option left but to take to the streets for justice, he said.
The 10-point demands charter of the teachers include, withdrawal of changed school timings, addressing the “anomalies” in the staffing pattern, maintaining the post of headmaster in middle schools, regularisation of teachers appointed in 2010.
The school timings were recently revised and extended by 30 minutes. While several teachers were ousted under the new staffing pattern.
Calling the proposed public-private-partnership (PPP) policy in education section detrimental for teachers, state organisation secretary, Prahlad Sharma said: “The government’s PPP policy in education is step towards privatisation, which will put a question mark on the future of teachers in the government sector.”
Sangh office bearer Mahavir Prasad too said there was a situation of anarchy in the education department as there is no rule on transfer and rationalisation.
“Violating tradition and norms, the education department has appointed and transferred teachers on its whims and fancies, without considering at their seniority,” claimed Arvind Vyas of the sangh.
After the rally, a delegation of the sangh members met minister of state for education Vasudev Devnani in the absence of chief minister and submitted a memorandum highlighting their demands and grievances. The minister has assured the delegation of considering the demands, sangh sources told HT.