Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) teachers’ union held a state-level rally on Sunday. The protest march was started form Bhai Bala Chowk and ended at Mini secretariat. The agitators submitted their memorandum to Mandeep Singh Dhillon, executive SDM.
State president Didar Singh Mudki said, “Around 14,000 teachers have been serving since last seven years, but all of them have not been regularised by the Punjab government. Education minister, even in the past too, have not listened our demands and chief minister Parkash Singh Badal is not taking out time for us. Although, there are many debates going on education reforms and CM is organising sangat darshans, they have no time to discuss the demands of 14,000 teachers.”
“We are facing discrimination from the state authorities in terms of maternity leaves, medical leaves, earned leaves, child care leaves and the recent benefit of cashless medical scheme,”Mudki added.
Rajveer Singh, union vice-president, said teachers under RMSA had to undergo a demotion of 25% in their salaries, while lab attendants were paid no salary for eight consecutive months. Besides, the recruitment of headmasters under RMSA is on contract basis and there is no increment in the salary since the last three years. This way, the government is stepping back from the responsibility in education sector.