We know protesting workers from any field, demanding their just rights, are usually treated with violence by the police but now teachers are also getting the same treatment.
On Sept 17, around 650 computer teachers in Haryana, under the banner of Computer Teacher Welfare Association (CTWA), were demonstrating to demand equal pay for equal work from the Haryana state government, when the local police started beating them with canes, resulting into many of them getting injured and requiring immediate hospitalisation.
The Government of Haryana outsourced the work of hiring computer teachers and lab assistants to private companies since 2013. The staff is hired by these companies at lowest possible wages with no allowances and no job security. According to the statement given by CTWA President, thousands of computer teachers and lab assistants have been staging protest at different places since August 20. Their demands include regularising 2200 computer teachers and 2300 lab assistants who have been in service since 2013 and regular payment of their salaries. Lab assistants have not received salaries from past 6 months.
The teachers’ demand to make their jobs permanent and secure by putting an end to this contractual method of hiring is fully justified. Spark supports the just fight of these teachers for their rights and condemns the police action. We youth must stand in support of our teachers Well paid, secure teachers are necessary for our good education.