Contractual teachers protest, demand extension

Contractual teachers protest, demand extension
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Srinagar: All Contractual Teachers Association of Kashmir on Wednesday held a protest demonstration here demanding continuation of their contract in the education department.
Scores of contractual teachers from various districts of valley assembled here in Pratap Park holding placards ‘Save the Youth’, ‘Save the Nation’, ‘We Need Continuation’ and ‘We Want Justice’.
President of the Association, Adil Gulzar said government had issued temporary engagement of teachers in the education department for the academic session 2018-19 in nine districts of Kashmir valley except Srinagar.
He said 1590 vacancies were available in nine districts for contractual teachers.
“On 16 November 2018, government extended our temporarily services till 15 January 2019. However on March 9 this year, government issued an order in which our services were extended again till May 10 this month,” he said.
We are highly qualified students and belong to poor families, the government should think about the future of 1200 contractual teachers in the state, said Mohammad Arif Bhat, a contractual teacher from Shopian.
The protesting contractual teachers threatened to start an indefinite hunger strike in case government fails to fulfill their demands within four days.
They also requested Governor S P Malik to look into the matter and extend their contractual services.