Teachers recruited under the education guarantee scheme (EGS), alternative innovative education (AIE) and as special trainers (STR) were roughed up by police on Thursday, while they were marching towards Bathinda (urban) MLA Sarup Chand Singla’s house demanding regularisation of their services.
The teachers also staged a protest by blocking the Mall Road. The protesters blocked one lane of the busy road affecting the movement of the traffic. Three protesters including a woman are on the water tank along the Mall Road since November 6 for pressing their demand. One of these protesters is also threatening the authorities of self-immolation and carries a small LPG cylinder and a petrol bottle.
A delegation of leaders of teachers’ union was scheduled to meet the deputy commissioner on their issue in the evening.
Leader of Shaheed Kiranjit Kaur EGS, AIE, STR teachers’ Union Swarna Devi said that they are working on a paltry salary of `5,000 per month and despite repeated requests to regularise their services, the Punjab government wasn’t paying any heed.
There are about 7,800 teachers recruited under these schemes across the state.
She said that in a meeting with the chief minister (CM) Parkash Singh Badal last week, they were assured that their services will be shifted as pre-nursery teachers after providing three months nursery teachers training as the Punjab government is going to start pre-nursery classes in government primary schools but nothing is clear yet.