The education department issued orders to cancel the transfers of four teachers who were suspended on July 20 for allegedly trying to disrupt a faculty development programme, and repost them to their original schools, here on Saturday.
The teachers were all a part of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) constituted against the education department to adhere to the teachers demands.
Swarn Singh Kamboj, one of the four teachers said, “On Friday, a written compromise was reached with the official of the education department in which it was mentioned that all the demands of teachers raised by the JAC would be considered sympathetically, positively and will be resolved very soon. In the meantime, they cancelled the transfers, dropping of charge sheet and withdrew the FIR against four teacher leaders.”
Kamboj added, “The High Power Committee of JAC expressed their gratitude towards the officers of the education department of Chandigarh administration and expressed hopes of resolving the remaining issues of teachers shortly. District education officer Ram Kumar has promised us that the matter will be resolved and we are thankful to him.”
The four teacher's transferred by the DPI (schools) Upkar Singh were served a memorandum in July. 100 more teachers who were supposed to reach the two training centre's at Government school's in Sector 8 and 19 were also served show cause notices, while the four teachers namely Ranbir Singh, Swarn Singh Kamboj, Khusali Ram Sharma and Shavinder Singh were suspended and an FIR registered against them for disrupting a faculty development programme.
The DPI (schools) and department officials had asked for an explanation from these 100 teachers as to what persuaded them to not attend the programme, but later cancelled their notice.
However, a senior official from the education department had a different tale to share. On the condition of anonymity, he said, “The teacher's have been constantly pressurising the senior officials and have been boycotting classes and also threatening to go on mass strikes. Hence, to maintain decorum and peace in the schools, the senior officials had to take certain decisions. They did so under pressure.”