|Primary teachers’ stir from Feb 21|
GUWAHATI, Feb 16 - The Assam State Primary Teachers’ Association (ASPTA) today declared a series of protests from February 21 in the State in support of their long-pending demands.
According to ASPTA general secretary Ratul Chandra Goswami, on February 21, members of the association will gherao MLAs of the State in their respective legislative assembly constituencies.
On February 25, the association will hold public meetings in every lower primary school across the State to create awareness among the public about their demands. On February 26, lower primary teachers will carry out a protest and a ‘jail bharo’ programme in their respective subdivisions, and on February 27, all lower primary school head teachers will start an indefinite non-cooperation strike.
The ASPTA said it has announced the new series of strikes as the State government failed to respond to its demands even after a three-day non-cooperation movement on February 4-6, which paralysed the whole public primary education system in the State.
The demands of ASPTA – which has over one lakh teachers as its members – include creation of a head teacher’s post in every primary school, salary of all head teachers under provisions of the Seventh Pay Commission, payment of Rs 8,700 as grade pay to all graduate teachers, regularisation of service of all contractual teachers, provincialisation of all primary schools, appointment of optimum number of teachers in every primary school, supply of uniforms, textbooks and notebooks to all students in time, preparation of service rules for primary teachers and formation of an Education Commission.