Bring us under education dept, demand striking ETT teachers
More than 500 elementary trained teachers (ETT) working under zila parishad (ZP) sat on hunger strike near cabinet minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon’s house here on Thursday.
Police were deployed and barricades were installed in front of the minister’s house due to which protesters could not sit outside his house.
ETT Union and ETT Adhyapak Union of Punjab raised slogans against the state government and demanded shifting of schools running under ZP and municipal corporation (MC) to the education department.
Paramjit Singh Mann, district president of ETT Adhyapak Union, Punjab, said: “There is no promotional policy for us and none of our teachers has been promoted for the last eight years. Expect salary, we don’t get any benefits such as medical, casual leaves and provident fund from the authorities. So we want that our schools be shifted to the education department. If our demands will not be considered then we will gherao education minister Daljit Singh Cheema on August 3.”
In 2006, the state government had recruited around 13,000 teachers and deputed them in ZP-run schools.
A female teacher on the condition of anonymity, said, “In my school there are only two teachers and total number of students is 90. We have only two rooms and keeping in mind the strength we need more classrooms.”
She said there were only two toilets and no separate toilet for teachers. So if the government could not provide us these basic facilities then they should shift their schools to the education department, she added.