New Delhi January 06: Demanding better infrastructure, manpower and pension for their members, teachers of the Uttar Pradesh-government run primary and upper primary schools have decided to go on mass leave on January 21.
A decision to this effect was taken by the teachers’ union of the state after their long-pending demands for better infrastructure and pension were not met by the authorities concerned.
To make this agitation effective and fruitful, the teacher’s union has written a common leave application and has addressed it to the Basic Shiksha Adhikari. The leave application has also been forwarded by the union to around 5 lakh teachers of the state.
Lack of facilities for students
Reacting to the ongoing situation and their long-pending demands, Dinesh Chandra Sharma, President, Uttar Pradesh Prathamik Shikshak Sangh, said told a news agency: “There is a lack of facilities for students and the absence of pay parity and new pension scheme for teachers are making teaching a difficult job.”
No attention despite agitation
Saying that despite a massive demonstration on November 21 to draw the state government’s attention towards students and teachers’ issues, he said that authorities have not yet taken any step towards solving the issues. “The concerned authorities do not seem to be bothered about our problems,” Sharma further added.
He also stated that those monitoring the teachers through selfie-based ‘Prerna’ app should know that classrooms lack fans, furniture, power supply and sanitary workers.
“Secondary and higher teachers’ unions have also extended support to our mass leave plan,” he added.