Teachers’ unions call for strike

Screening Test for RET Teachers 

SRINAGAR:As the row over screening test prevails, the Jammu and Kashmir Teachers Forum (JKTF) on Tues-day called for strike in all the schools of the state on Au-gust 6 and protests on August 7 against government de-cision.

EJAC president and JKTF chairman, Qayoom Wani, said that a strike would be observed on August across the state in all the three divisions. He said that the teachers will stage protests on the strike day and as well as on August 7 in all the 22 districts of the state.

Qayoom Wani, while demanding cancellation of the gov-ernment decision, said that the teachers of the state will start a massive agitation if this “insulting” decision is not taken back.

The teachers across the state have strongly opposed the government decision of conducting screening test of the Rehbar-e-Taleem teachers.

Wani also gave 20 day ultimatum to government over re-gularization of the KGBVT teachers. He said that out of 700 teachers, only 98 have been regularized and if gov-ernment doesn’t regularize others within 20 days, a pro-longed agitation would be started.

Meanwhile, ReT teachers today said that they will go for 2 day strike across the state against the government de-cision of screening test. “We will go on strike on August 5 and August 6 against the autocratic decision of the gov-ernment,” they said. “We will also take out a rally from Di-rectorate Office Srinagar against the decision tomorrow,” they added. 

Civil Society Defends Govt

SRINAGAR:  Respectable citizens, academicians and civil society members Tuesday castigated the plan of the JK Rehbar-e-Taleem (ReT) teachers to go for a two days strike from Wednesday saying instead of criticizing the government’s move to conduct screening test an upright, dedicated and intelligent teacher should appreciate it as it involves the future of the children. “No ignorant person with fake certificates or any other persons appointed by any influential politician have right to be the part of the education system as he can spoil the future of the bud-ding children,” they said.

Civil Society member Shakeel Qalandar told CNS that Civil Society will not object if government sincerely wants to take some corrective measures to put education system on the right track. “If you are capable and the best teacher then you should not hesitate and you should go for the screening test with confidence. If you are opposing the move, that means you are not capable and have been ruining the career of the students,” Qalandar said.

He said that in a civilized society the teacher is not highly paid but the most respectable citizen. “Unfortu-nately, the education sector was never on the priority list of the government. Even, Middle pass or Matriculate candidates have been imparting education in the gov-ernment schools,” he said and added that government should not show the door to those who fail in screening test but should absorb them in any other department.

President Kashmir University Teachers Association (KUTA), Salahuddin said that the government move is for the betterment of the society and it will at least ensure that efficient and capable teachers will become the part of the education system. “It was shame that an ReT teacher was unable to write an essay on ‘Cow’. It is a wrong criteria and practice to appoint teachers on the basis of percentage of marks but what matters is effi-ciency. Education Minister Nayeem Akhtar wants to do it for the betterment of the society and people should sup-port his move,” he said.

Pertinently, the JK Rehbar-e-Taleem (ReT) Teachers Forum has called for two-day strike from August 5 to ex-press their resentment against the government over its decision to conduct screening test of ReT teachers who have obtained their degrees from outside study centers or through distance mode. The Forum has decided to stage demonstrations in Srinagar to express their re-sentment against the government.

A well known businessman and a hotelier asked the government to go ahead with the screening test. “This is the right time Government shows door to the teachers who don’t deserve to be part of the schooling system. We can’t play with the future of the students,” he said. 

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