Teachers will march to Srinagar like ‘flood’ on Aug 18 if screening order not withdrawn

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir Teachers Forum said on Friday that teachers from all parts of the Valley will march to Srinagar and then to secretariat on August 18 if the government does not withdraw, by August 17, the order asking a few thousand teachers to sit in an examination to prove the authenticity of their degrees.
A meeting of the Forum chaired by its chairman Abdul Qayoom Wani said teachers will march to Srinagar “like a flood”, assemble outside the office of director school education Kashmir and then march to the secretariat. Similar protest demonstrations will be held at Jammu Press Club and in Leh and Kargil.
The meeting said all educational institutions remained shut on Friday, while teachers protested at all district headquarters against the order, asking those Rebar-e-Taleem and General Line teachers, who have completed their degrees through distance learning mode, to sit in the screening test.
The government has said that it is only following court directions, which earlier this year called for testing the authenticity of the degrees of such teachers after an applicant for the post of ReT teacher failed to write a few lines on cow and solve primary standard math problem.
“All teachers are appealed to participate in the programme irrespective of their affiliation for the honour and dignity of the teaching community and maintain unity at this crucial juncture,” the meeting said.