Joining the protest against the shortage of teaching staff in government schools of the district, Punjab Youth Congress (PYC) general secretary Poonam Kangra said that the Punjab government was promoting illiteracy and they are 'deliberately' not making appointments of teachers in government schools.
Talking to mediapersons after her meeting with Chhahar village residents, who had locked the main gate of the government senior secondary school in the village of Dirba sub-division to protest against the shortage of the staff, she accused the Badal government of discrimination against weaker sections of the society, saying, "The SAD-BJP government was not making appointment of teachers as they want to keep children of poor, away from education."
"Education is the right of every child of all castes and communities", she said, adding, "The Youth Congress will continue the agitation until they fill all vacant posts in government schools of the district."
It may be recalled here that the villagers on Saturday kept the gate locked for more than two hours and opened it when district education officer (secondary) Nirmal Singh Sidhu reached the village and assured them that two to three teachers would be deployed in the school on Monday.
According to villagers, there are more than 500 students in Classes 6 to 12 in the school and half of the posts of teachers are lying vacant.