SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir Rehbar-e-Taleem (ReT) Teachers’ Forum and Public Service Commission (PSC) Lecturers’ forum on Thursday distanced themselves from the January 30 protest programme.
Jammu and Kashmir Teachers’ Forum (JKTF) last week had said it will hold a protest demonstration on January 30 here against the screening test order issued by Director School Education Kashmir (DSEK).
In a statement issued here, Chairman ReT forum F A Tantray convened a meeting on Thursday which was attended by all the executive committee members and district presidents as well.
The forum associates have decided to extend its support to the decision taken by Chairman forum to stay away from the forthcoming protest call.
“The issues confronted by ReT teachers are entirely different from that of the rest of the teaching community. ReT teaching community has nothing to do with the routine transfers being enacted by the Directorate,” Tantray in a statement said, adding that they have always supported the steps taken for the betterment of academics. “We extend our cooperation to DSEK for streamlining the department and bringing transparency and accountability in the department.”
The forum said the ‘main focus of 30 January call is to divert the attention from transfer of those teachers who have been sitting at DIETs, CEO offices and other lucrative posting from years together’.
“The issues of ReTs are raised to hoodwink them so that a sloganeering mob is brought on streets.”
Referring to the recent video that was circulated on social networking sites Tantray said that the un-parliamentary language and abusing of DSEK by a ‘union leader was unacceptable in any society’. “If at all the union leaders have any grievances with the system, the method of redressal should be dignified and befitting to the position of a teacher.
Meanwhile, the Public Service Commission (PSC) Lecturers’ forum on Thursday also distanced itself from the January 30 protest programme and said that they will extend their support to the Director School Education Kashmir (DSEK) for taking “reformative measures.”
According to a statement issued here, the lecturers’ forum said the ‘reformative initiatives’ taken by the department for ‘welfare of the department’ were highly acknowledged by the teaching community.
Moreover the association, as per the statement has convened a meeting chaired by President, Faisal Nayeem Parray and decided not to extend its support to the January 30 protest called by SEECC in collaboration with Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC).
“We will fully support the measures taken by the incumbent Director to overhaul the school education department,” President in a statement said, adding that the DSEK has brought transparency in the routine official business of the department including the transfer policy and rationalisation of teachers in government schools.