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Teachers protest non-payment of salaries, order to carry survey during holidays

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Jalandhar, June 12, 2014
First Published: 22:15 IST(12/6/2014) | Last Updated: 22:17 IST(12/6/2014)

Teachers recruited under the Special Training Resource (STR) Persons Scheme, Employment Guarantee Scheme and Alternative and Innovative Education (AIE) Scheme on Thursday held a protest amid scorching heat against non-payment of their salaries and not allotting work, besides an order asking them conduct a survey on students who are either dropouts or never enrolled in school.

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The Shaheed Kiranjeet Kaur EGS/ AIE/ STR Teachers' Action Committee held a dharna wherein around 320 teachers accused the district education officer of not allotting them duty in schools.

Sumit Kaushal, a committee member, said despite all teachers in all other districts joined their duties they were not yet allotted stations to join.

"We are marking attendance at the block primary education office since the joining letters were released. Around 300 teachers are suffering because of the department's negligence," said Kaushal.
 
"The scheme was revived by the government for only two years. Within a few months of giving us our jobs back, the state government has started playing tricks. We got our jobs back in February and were given the task such as distributing books at BPEO offices for the new session. Now we have been asked to conduct a survey on students who are either dropouts or never enrolled in school while other teachers of the districts are on holiday," said Kuldeep Singh, another teacher.

In the afternoon, deputy commissioner Kamal Kishore Yadav called district education officer (primary) Anil Avasthi and ordered holiday for these teachers till June 17.

While the non-payment of salaries will be discussed during a meeting with the chief minister on June 16, the union will also take up the issue of conducting survey on on students who are either dropouts or never enrolled in school.

An order to this effect was passed by the state education department directing them to teach such children before or after school hours.

 

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