Representatives of the Democratic Teachers’ Front will hold talks with the director of public institutions, school education, and other senior officers of the state school education department over ‘rationalisation, budget and promotion’ issues in SAS Nagar on Wednesday.
Giving information to mediapersons here on Tuesday, state leaders of the front Bhupinder Singh Warainch, Devinder Punia and Amarjit Shastri claimed that the central government had imposed a heavy cut on the school education budget of Punjab, which had resulted in rationalisation policy of teachers in the state.
They said the schoolteachers would never tolerate the “illogical” rationalisation policy of the Punjab government.
At the meeting, the front leaders would take up with officers of the school education department the issues of sufficient budget for the payment of wages, withheld promotions of teachers and regularisation of services of 7,654 teachers, employed years back.
The leaders warned the government that if the officials failed to concede their demand of withdraw rationalisation policy at the March 25 meeting, various teachers’ unions would form a united front in Jalandhar on March 29 to force the government to rollback the policy.
They said if the government was keen on implementing the policy, the authorities should first hold discussions with various teachers’ unions to know their views.
The front leaders said, “The government will use the policy to show the presence of surplus teachers at its schools to save money being spent on their salaries.” They claimed the student-teacher ratio in classes had increased.
“Under the 2013 rationalisation policy, a teacher will teach 40-45 students, while at present, he has to teach 30 students in a class. In addition, the number of periods taken by a teacher has also been increased and the lecturers will have to take 33 periods a week, which is now 24-27 periods. Further, a lecturer will have to teach Class 9 and 10 students if he does not complete his increased periods of secondary classes,” claimed the leaders.
They pointed out that even a teacher would have to visit two-three schools a day to complete the quota of his periods to be fixed under the rationalisation policy.