There is a strikes by Parents Teachers Association appointed teacher’s in Himachal Pradesh, due to their validity of appointment. Though the, PTA appointed teachers are demanding for regularization of their employment but it should be based their performance instead blindly counting the number of years their served.
For the ready information I have pasted the full news below.
PTA appointees launch strike Seek regularisation, end to probe Tribune News Service
Shimla, June 23 2008 Demanding withdrawal of the inquiry into their appointment and regularisation of services, thousands of PTA appointees all over the state today went on strike, affecting studies in many schools, especially in the remote areas.
Hundreds of PTA appointees today staged a rally here today, raising anti-government slogans. Five PTA teachers sat on a relay fast close to the state secretariat which will continue indefinitely. They also distributed pamphlets about the injustice being meted out to them.
Vivek Mehta, president of the State PTA Teachers Association, said after teaching for six years in schools there was no justification in holding an inquiry into their appointments. “Our services should be regularised, a proper PTA policy be made and the inquiry being conducted into our appointment must be withdrawn immediately,” he demanded.
He said that the PTA teachers were open to a dialogue with the government but in case they are not called for talks, they would be forced to intensify their agitation. “We have been teaching in schools at one sixth the salary being given to permanent teachers, so it is totally unjustified to look into our appointments now,” he said.
Mehta claimed that the functioning of 70 per cent schools in the state had been affected and once information about the strike reaches the remote and far-flung areas, all schools would be affected. He claimed that over 220 schools, including 48 in Shimla, 16 in Sirmaur, 82 in Chamba, 12 in Kinnaur, 14 in Kullu, 15 in Solan 17 in Mandi, 31 in Kangra, 10 in Bilaspur, nine in Una and four in Hamirpur were solely being run by PTA appointees.
He also disputed the statement of the director, secondary education, that the PTA appointees had gone on strike without giving a prior notice. “We had gone to meet the director but he was not available and so we gave notice for the strike by getting it received in the central diary,” he said. He said that there was great resentment among the 15,000 PTA appointees and the government would be responsible in case they adopted an aggressive path. He said imposing new conditions on the PTA appointments was totally wrong when they had been appointed by the previous regime as per rules.