Starp: Teachers rue over their long pending plans and bookings to celebrate New Year
In pretext of Gram Panchayat Elections 2018 on December 30 and 31 the Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana,Pradeep Aggarwal has written letter to Secretary Punjab School Education Board, Krishan Kumar. In the letter, he has requested to the Secretary for postponing the winter vacations of teachers from December to January in order to carry out elections with ease. The deputy commissioner in the letter has mentioned that they would need the services of teachers and other staff to carry out Panchayat Elections 2018 in the Goverment Schools. As on December 30 polling will be done and it’s process would complete on December 31. He further mentioned in the letter, “If teachers would go on holidays than they would find a great difficulty in tracing them if they will need much manpower for carrying out election purposes.” Though the duty of teachers has already been alloted and one rehearsal has already been done on December 16 and other will be done on December 23. The deputy commissioner has requested to change the holidays of whole Punjab so that they can make use of all Tatar for setting up election infrastructure also in government schools. However, the teachers are protesting against the decision of postponing the decision holidays and even of carrying out elections in the end of December. The Government teachers rue, “We have done the booking of tickets six months ago for going to Dubai to celebrate new year. This is a very wrong time to carry out elections. As earlier I was said elections will be carried out in January, but they declared the dates of December end. Despite the fact everyone knows that in the winter vacations everyone has the plans to go out to celebrate new year. The dates are very near to new year.” The teachers also rue about rehearsals being carried out in Sunday’s which is their only rest day. “ Our all the plans have been dashed to ground by the election authorities. Everyone waits for vacations since long and have plans with family. Moreover they are not even giving us Sunday’s rest these days as they have kept all the rehearsals on Sunday’s. Why can’t they keep on working days when we are already out of home . We also need rest “ rue government school teachers in Phillaur, ludhiana, Goraya , Jalandhar and many other places.”
The Secretary of Punjab School Education Board, Krishan Kumar said that they are discussing over the matter with Education Minister. But no final decision has been taken yet as it would also affect schedule of schools in carrying out final exams 2019.
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