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Teachers boycott exam ‘testing’ their capability

Teachers boycott exam ‘testing’ their capability

Manav Mander
Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, August 9

In all, 89 science and maths teachers serving in meritorious schools across the state today protested against the conduct of an exam in which they were to appear today.

Apart from a few teachers, all others boycotted the exam. The one-and-a-half hour test was scheduled at 11 am at Senior Secondary Residential School for Meritorious Students. The test was being conducted by the Society for Promotion of Quality Education.

Teachers, who are working on contract, are of the opinion that they are serving at the schools for the past many years but instead of regularising their jobs, they are being harassed by being asked to appear for exams.

“Our appointment was made in different years from 2014 to 2018 through a proper procedure. We appeared for the interview and a demo class was also taken. We are teaching students for many years but still we are being asked to appear for the exam for reasons not known to us,” said Jalandhar-based Sukhwinder Singh, member of the Meritorious Staff Union, Punjab.

Kulwinder Bath from Bathinda said that their contract was renewed every year and the contracts of most of the teachers were due to be renewed in October and they fear this test could be the basis for that.

Teachers said their students were bringing good results and clearing competitive exams but their capabilities were being doubted. “We have already requested the project director a number of times to regularise our jobs but instead, these tests are imposed on us,” the teachers said unanimously.

It has been learnt that tests for science, commerce and languages will also be taken but no intimation has been given to the teachers in this regard. Assistant project director of meritorious schools, Punjab, Inderpal Singh said this was the right of the employer to hold a test from time to time to access the capability of his employees.

“We are paying them handsome salaries and giving them transfers according to their wishes. There is no bar on holding a test,” he said.

He said a test was held in January and some of the teachers had failed to clear it. The chapter could not be closed like this and that’s why today’s test was planned. He said the test for commerce and language teachers would be held next week.

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