Contractual teachers demand continuation of service, stage protest

Irfan Rashid
Srinagar, Feb 18: Amid heavy rain, Contractual Teachers under the banner of Kashmir Temporary Teachers Association staged a protest at Press Enclave today demanding continuation of their services in the education department.
These teachers were recruited temporary last year in 2014 under government order number 482.
These protesters were raising the slogan of ‘Hum Hamara Haq Mangtey Nai Kisi Se Beek Mangtey’.
As the schools are opening shortly, they fear that their services  will be discontinued.
These contractual teachers include many with Doctorate and MPhil degrees.
“I’m a PhD and started teaching from last year thinking I may get regularize in future, “said Salim Ahmad.
Presently the number of these contractual teachers is around 8,000 and they claim there are over 20,000 vacancies lying in education department and they hold the first right to get adjusted against these posts.
“Even MGNREGA act gives us 100 days job guarantee in a year but we are being pushed to corner now,” said Kaiser Yousuf, President Kashmir Temporary Teachers Association.
They alleged that they are drawing a meager salary of Rs 3,000 per month due to which they many a times have to beg for money.
They have appealed the Governor, Divisional Commissioner and the concerned education department officials to have sympathetic view towards them or they will go on an indefinite hunger strike.


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