The Democratic Teachers Front has warned of a struggle against the orders being issued to the teachers of government schools across Punjab for the door-to-door ‘Increase Enrolment Campaign’, flouting the lockdown / curfew rules.
In a press statement issued by the Democratic Teachers Front Punjab after the online meetings of the district units of the organisation held across Punjab yesterday, President Digvijaypal Sharma, Secretary Sarwan Singh Aujla, state leader Balvir Chand Longowal, vice president Karnail Singh Chitti said the aforesaid orders were issued by the District Education Officers with the intention of pleasing the officials sitting safely in Chandigarh.
“After these orders, the life of the teachers will be put in risk. Teachers have been told that they might lose their jobs if they do not participate in the campaign. It is clear that they only need enrolment figures and have no concern for the health of the teachers and students,” said Sharma.
“On one hand, the government has set up quarantine centres in schools, on the other, they are planning to conduct the remaining Class XII examinations in these schools,” said the teachers.
The leaders said no attention was paid to the petitions sent by their organisation in the name of the Chief Minister and the Education Minister of Punjab seeking their intervention in the aforesaid process. They said the alleged campaign of the three-minute video contest launched by the Education Minister was also a distraction and was an untimely move; while, the Punjab Government has failed to work on the basic objective of ensuring that the students of Punjab prepare themselves for competitive examinations of professional courses like NEET and JEE.
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