Over 2,500 teachers of various teacher organisations of the district under “Sanjha Adhiapak Morcha” protested against the implementation of the new system to mark attendance through SMS, outside the mini-secretariat here on Tuesday.
Among those protesting, 1,500 women teachers raised slogans against the Punjab government.
The teachers also held a rally from the multi-level parking to the deputy commissioner’s office creating a jam for about 30 minutes.
Charan Singh, district president of Democratic Teachers’ Front, said, “All schools send the attendance to the director general school education, Punjab, everyday and if the teachers mark the attendance manually in front of school head than what is the need to send SMSes.”
Another teacher, Prem Singh, said, “We have already met the ADC development, Supreet Gulati to request him not to implement this system in schools but he ignored our request. We have decided that we will boycott this new system and no teacher will send the attendance through SMS.”
Once the school opens, teachers are expected to send SMS within 10 minutes.
The teachers submitted a memorandum to Kanu Thind, assistant commissioner (grievances), who reportedly assured them that she would send the memorandum to the officials concerned.