Teachers protest against rule to mark attendance via SMS

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Aug 26, 2014 20:28 IST

Over 2500 teachers of various teacher organisations of the district under "Sanja Adhiapak Moracha" protested outside the mini secretariat on Tuesday.

Out of 2500, 1500 were female teachers who raised slogans against the Punjab government.They were protesting against the implementation of the new system to mark attendance through SMS.
The teachers also held a rally from the multilevel 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 SMS."

Another teacher, Prem Singh, said, "We have already met the ADC development, Supreet Gulati to request him to not 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 have submitted a memorandum to Kanu Thind, assistant commissioner (grievances), Ludhiana and she has reportedly assured them that she would send the memorandum to the officials concerned.

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