By R Ishfaq
SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir Bhak Teachers Association (Seasonal Teachers) protested on Saturday to demand inclusion of their schools under the Directorate of School Education.
The teachers, led by the association’s president Manzoor Ahmad Ganai, held the protest at the Press Enclave, Srinagar.
They also demanded regularisation of their services as per the existing norms.
“In 2006, the then-state government established seasonal schools for the nomadic Gujjar and Backerwal communities. The schools offer education to children of the travelling families till they return home,” Showket Ahmad Tantary, a protesting teacher, said.
“For four months every year, we work hard on these children. But once that short period is over, we are disengaged by the government,” Manzoor Ahmad Ganie, another teacher, explained. “Our salary has been a meager Rs 4,000 per month since 2006. There has been no hike in it.”
The protesters said they made several representations to the government from time to time, but in vain.
“We request the government to incorporate these schools into the conventional school system. We shall be regularised as per the existing scheme. Many of us have already crossed the age limit,” they said.