Before school re-opening, teachers hit streets

SRINAGAR: A day ahead of re-opening of schools in Kashmir after the winter break, a group of teachers staged protests in capital Srinagar against the “anti-teacher” policies of Director Education Shah Faesal. The protesting teachers affiliated with Teacher’s Forum entered into scuffle with police when they attempted to stage a protest march.
Half a dozen protesters were injured when police used batons and tear smoke shells to disperse them. A group of protesters was detained and escorted to a nearby police station.
The Forum led by prominent trade union leader Abdul Qayoom Wani is at loggerheads with the Director Education after the latter initiated reforms in the department including streamlining transfers and enhancing accountability in schools.
Last week Faesal broke open a room in District Insttitute of Education and Training (DIET) at Bemina, which was purportedly used by Teacher’s Forum as its office.
The protesters carried, which carried slogans in favour of removal of Shah Faisal from the top seat.
They shouted slogans like “Shah Faisal ko hatao, Education ko bachao (Remove Shah faesal and save education)”.
The protesting teacher’s alleged that Faesal vandalized their office at DIET Bemina and tore apart the banners prepared by the Forum.
Wani accused the director of imposing erroneous tactics to suppress voice of employees.
“Such kind of tactics is unacceptable and against the teachers. We went to concerned police station to register a case against the director, but unfortunately no case was registered,” Wani told Kashmir Reader.
Earlier, hundreds of protesters assembled at press enclave and carried out a peaceful march towards directorate of education. However, police chased away the protesters using force.