Punjab State-Aided School Teachers and Other Employees Union kicked off a state-wide three-day agitation by holding a protest against non-fulfillment of demands, outside the deputy commissioner’s office here on Monday.
More than 50 teachers participated in the protest, while those attending school wore black badges.
Accusing the government of discriminating against aided schools, union district president Arvind Bains said such schools were facing an acute shortage of teachers, and nearly 20 of them were on the verge of closure.
“The state government has banned new recruitments for the past one decade,” he alleged.
Union district press secretary Manish Aggarwal alleged that teachers in these schools have been waiting for their salaries for four months, and a letter regarding grade pay of aided-school employees has also not been released.
He said not even a single teacher was available in nearly 20 schools in the state, while only one or two were serving in more than 30 schools.
“Out of 1,000 sanctioned posts, only 4,000 posts are filled. The government has not implemented the Supreme Court’s decision, given in October last year, to fill the vacant posts in both government and aided schools, and to implement the Right to Education Act properly. If the aided and government schools are merged as we have been demanding for the past two years, vacant posts in both could be filled in one go,” he added.