The teacher’s day had turned into a protest day for the contract-based teachers, who instead of celebrating their day, had shown their anger against the government in the form of protest on Monday.
About hundred of teachers under the banner of Adarsh school teachers union, blocked the main road in Moga resulting into inconvenience to the public.
Teachers led by union state president Deepak Grover raised slogans against the government.
Grover said that state government is running Adarsh schools for more than past five years but the authorities still have not regularised their jobs.
“Instead of regularising our jobs, the government is deciding to hand over these Adarsh schools to private hands, which we will not tolerate and if this happens, we will launch statewide protests and also boycott 2017 assembly elections,” he added.
On the other side, teachers under a banner of democratic teachers’ front (DTF) union burned a state government’s effigy to mark their protest and cited teacher’s day as ‘Black Day’. The members were also demanding regularisation of their jobs.
DTF union president Digvijay Pal Sharma said that on one side, state education minister Daljit Singh Cheema shows respect to the teachers by honouring them and on the other side, the teachers get exploited.
He said,“They recruited teachers on a contract with a pay-scale of Rs 6,000 per month and now their regularisation is being delayed.”