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Chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh to chair meeting on teacher unions’ demands

The teachers’ unions are demanding changes in transfer policy, regularisation of contractual teachers, proper pay scales for teachers on equal work equal pay principle, changes in teacher-taught ratio for secondary and senior secondary classes and amendments in the rationalisation policy.

punjab Updated: Jul 22, 2018 21:14 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Chief minister,Captain Amarinder Singh,education department
Chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh (HT File)

Chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh will chair a meeting of top officials of the education department on Monday to discuss the demands of teachers’ unions in the state.

The teachers’ unions are demanding changes in transfer policy, regularisation of contractual teachers, proper pay scales for teachers on equal work equal pay principle, changes in teacher-taught ratio for secondary and senior secondary classes and amendments in the rationalisation policy. They are also upset over transfer orders of about 2,500 teachers issued by the government three days ago to accommodate the requests made by MLAs and other politicians.

At several places, two or more teachers have been given posting orders against one vacancy, causing confusion. There are also a few instances of postings of teachers to schools where no vacancy is available.

Education minister OP Soni said such things happen whenever mass transfer orders are issued. “The department is taking care of this. Posting will be given to the deserving person as per the norms in such cases. Tomorrow’s meeting is to discuss the demands of teachers’ unions. We will have a meeting them on Tuesday,” he said. The teachers’ unions, which opposed the clauses related to seven-year cap on tenure in a school and minimum stint, have decided to raise these recent transfers in their meeting with the chief minister. The meeting was schedule twice earlier, but then cancelled.

First Published: Jul 22, 2018 21:12 IST