Teachers’ Eligibility Test (TET)-pass unemployed teachers, who had planned to take out a march here on Sunday, held a protest at the Teacher’s Home only as the police locked them in the building for five hours.
State committee member of the Unemployed Elementary Training Teachers (ETT) and TET-Pass Action Committee, Punjab, Jagpreet Singh, said they had planned to hold a protest march from the Teacher’s Home to the deputy commissioner’s office and give a memorandum of their demands to him, but the police locked the gates of the building and stopped them from coming out to organise the march.
Jagpreet said since 2011, as many as 8,261 ETT candidates had cleared TET as the government conducted the test for five times, but did not provide jobs to these teachers, but collected crores of rupees from these teachers via application fee for recruitment.
In February 2014, the government cancelled the recruitment process of 4,901 ETT teachers after inviting applications along with fee.
The government has announced to fill only 4,500 posts of ETT teachers and about half of ETT TET pass candidates would remain jobless after clearing the TET while many of them are going to be overage soon. He said, “The education department accepted in a RTI that there are about 10,417 posts of ETT teachers vacant in government primary schools, but now they have announced to fill only 4,500 posts of ETT teachers.”
Jagpreet accused the Punjab government of being insincere to provide employment to youth as after 2006, the department had not made any permanent recruitment.
He said, ”On the one side, the department says that more than 10,000 posts are vacant, then why they are not recruiting the available eligible candidates.”
State committee member Ravinder Kamboj said a meeting with deputy commissioner has been fixed on Tuesday to fix an appointment for meeting with the chief minister of Punjab Parkash Singh Badal. If the government did not accept their demands they would intensify the protest.