Police lock TET-pass ETT teachers for 3 hours, foil march plan
: Teachers’ Eligibility Test (TET)-pass and unemployed ETT teachers staged a rally at the Teacher’s Home here on Monday, but failed to hold a protest march as the police locked them in the building of the Teacher’s Home for three hours and released them after 4pm.
State committee member of the TET Pass BEd Unemployed ETT Action Committee, Punjab, Jagpreet Singh, said that they staged a rally to highlight their demands and to protest against the ‘faulty’ educational policies of the Punjab government.
He said that they had planned to hold a protest march from Teacher’s Home to the deputy commissioner’s office and to give a memorandum there, but the police locked the gates of the building and stopped them from coming out to organise the protest march.
Jagpreet said since 2011, as many as 6,500 ETT candidates had cleared the TET by December 2015, but the government has announced to fill only 4,500 posts of ETT teachers and about 2,000 ETT TET pass candidates will remain jobless after clearing the TET while many of them are going to be overage soon.
He said, “The education department accepted in an RTI response that there are about 10,417 posts of ETT teachers are vacant in government primary schools, but the government will fill only 4,500 posts.”
State committee member Ravinder Kamboj said a meeting had been fixed with deputy commissioner on Tuesday to arrange a meeting of teachers with chief minister Prakash Singh Badal. If the government failed to accept their demands, they would intensify the agitation, he added.