Threaten pen down strike on May 13
Srinagar: Hundreds of teachers engaged under centrally sponsored scheme, Sarva ShikshaAbhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhijan (RMSA) Tuesday held a protest against the government for non-payment of their salaries.
The protesting teachers under the banner of Jammu Kashmir Teachers Forum (JKTF) assembled outside the Directorate of School Education office here and lodged a protest to press their demands.
The Forum has threatened observe a ‘pen down’ strike from 13 May and protests at district headquarters on 12th May , if their salaries were not released by of before May 11.
“Government should release the salary of the teachers or there will be dire consequences” EJAC president Abdul Qayoom Wani, who also heads the JKTF, said.
“The politicians and the officials have filled their coffers but are not paying to the teachers. If the government’s attitude towards teachers is like this, how will the nation grow?”
He further said that the present government, despite its promise of being people friendly, has actually made policies that “are not in the interest of the people.”
He said that the government has established hundreds of schools across the valley with no students enrolled there. “These schools are not set up for the sole purpose of education but to provide employment to the relatives of politicians and officials,” he alleged.
“The education sector has been left at the mercy of the politicians who use it as an agency to woo voters and make their relatives happy by providing them employment” Qayoom alleged.
He said that a lot of money was being wasted on these “useless schools” for the benefit of few.
Qayoom demanded that a thorough probe to expose those people who are “misuse huge amount of money meant for development of education sector.”
“There is a huge corruption in the education sector and I assure you that if it is probed, a large amount of money will be saved,” he claimed.
Terming the government order of barring the ReT’s from performing the examination duty as “ridiculous”, the JKTF demanded that the order should be revoked immediately.
The Forum also demanded that the court’s order of transfer of the ReT’s should be implemented as soon as possible.
The Forum also asked the DSEK to release the outstanding Mid Day Meal balance to the schools so that the in-charge teachers are released from the “mental trauma and the taunting remarks” of shopkeepers.
“It is bizarre that the teachers face problems due to the non-payment of MDM,” said Manzoor Ahmed, president Lecturers Forum.
“A teacher demands respect and the government’s approach is disrespectful towards us, ”he added.