SRINAGAR: Members of All Jammu and Kashmir higher secondary contractual lecturers on Wednesday held a protest demonstration demanding regularisation of their services and withdrawing the screening test.
Javid Ahmad Bhat, a lecturer at Drobgam higher secondary school while talking to Kashmir Reader accused the state government of “ruining their careers” by modifying the 1998 academic arrangement of lecturers policy which said that the lecturers appointed till 2003 should be treated as contractual lecturers. “We are still treated as academic arrangement lecturers,” he said.
“There are only four permanent lecturers and the remaining ten lecturers are working on contractual basis,” he said adding the government disqualifies the services of teachers by conducting yearly screening test of the lecturers.
“We should not be subjected to appear in the test as per the 1998 policy. This is sheer injustice to us,” Bhat added.
The lecturers staged their protest in a highly peaceful manner near the Residency Road where most of the newspaper offices are located. Mohammad Isaq Shah, president of All Jammu and Kashmir higher secondary contractual lecturers association (Kashmir division) said, “We will wait for a positive response from the government authorities till 15th of August and if our demands were not met we will go beyond the protests. The government would be solely responsible for the consequences,” he said.