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Posted at: Oct 12, 2018, 1:30 AM; last updated: Oct 12, 2018, 1:30 AM (IST)

Teachers’ protest enters Day 5, 3 more suspended

Teachers’ protest enters Day 5,  3 more suspended
Members of the Sanjha Adhyapak Morcha hold a march in Patiala on Thursday. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

Karam Prakash

Tribune News Service

Patiala, October 11

Though the indefinite protest by teachers associated with Sanjha Adhyapak Morcha entered the fifth day on Thursday, the deadlock between the protesting teachers and the Education Minister still continues.

Till date, no representative from the government’s side has approached the protesting teachers. Moreover, the protesting teachers said they were not ready for any dialogue with the state until they came up with main agenda.

Hardeep Todarpur, a member of the union, said, “They (government) should either make an announcement or come up with some concrete agenda. Otherwise, the protest would continue irrespective of dialogue.”

Sources in the Education Department confirmed that the Education Minister and the Secretary, Education, were in no mood to bow down to the protesting teachers. On Wednesday evening, the Education Department suspended three more teachers, including co-convener Hardeep Todarpur. So far, eight protesting teachers associated with the union have been suspended.

Sukhwinder Singh Chahal, state convener of the union, said, “We strongly condemn the suspension and show cause notices. They can’t intimidate us by issuing show cause notices. We will intensify our protest in the coming days if our demands are not met.”

However, sticking to its stand, the Education Department opened an online portal for teachers to give their confirmation regarding the regularisation of their services on the monthly salary of Rs 15,300.

On Thursday, hundreds of teachers carried out a ‘mashaal march’ (torch rally) from Dukhniwaran Gurudwara to the residence of senior Congress leader Laal Singh.

Show-cause notice to nine

On Wednesday, the Education Department issued a show cause notice to nine teachers after they reportedly raised slogans on school premises. The department has given them 15-day time to explain why their services should not be terminated.

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