The Sangrur unit of the Master Cadre Union held a demonstration near the district administrative complex on Sunday in support of their long-pending demands. The protesters also burnt an effigy of the Punjab government.
"The education department pays paltry Rs 6,000 per month to teachers even as the government has fixed the monthly salary at Rs 9,000 per month," Kulwant Kuthala, president of the district unit.
"With this meager salary teachers are forced to work away from their homes. It is very difficult for them to make both the ends meet. We have reminded the government time and again to regularise the services of teachers but government has not taken any action," district general secretary Vikramjit Malerkotla said.
He said the services of 5,178 master cadre teachers have not been regularized. They should be paid according to the master cadre pay and the government should issue them appointment letters at the earliest, he demanded.
Meanwhile, the union also held a seminar on 'privatisation of education and democratic rights.' Economist Sucha Singh Gill presided over the function.
"Due to privatisation education standards are going down and it is a matter of great concern of the present times. These days, government schools are for students who belong to economically weaker sections. Even the Kothari Commission report has not been implemented which had recommended that 6% of the gross domestic product (GDP) must be spent on education," Gill said.