The Teachers' Eligibility Test (TET) teachers of Assam have set a great example for their students (and everyone else, really) by staging 'clean-up drive' after their peaceful protest in Guwahati city of Assam.
More than 20,000 teachers had staged a protest at the Veterinary field in Guwahati city with a set of demands for the Assam Government. They raised slogans and waved placards with messages intended for the Government, and especially Education Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya (who had recently compared the tenure of TET teachers to that of drivers), but thankfully, they did not leave any mess behind!
The responsible TET teachers took up brooms and had soon cleaned up all the mess in the field that was being created due to the protest.
Their main demand is the regularization of their jobs and the teachers have collectively condemned the Assam Government and Education Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharjee for not addressing their issue.
It may be mentioned that these teachers have been working on contractual basis since after passing their qualification examinations. It has been estimated that there are close to 41,000 contractual teachers working in different parts of Assam.
These protests by the contractual teachers has been continuing for a while. Earlier on June 18, close to 500 Teachers’ Eligibility Test (TET) qualified teachers from Kamrup metro and rural districts gathered near the deputy commissioner’s office in Guwahati to protest against the government for not regularising their jobs.
While speaking to Inside Northeast, one of the protesting teachers said: “We have only one demand. We demand unconditional regularization of our jobs. All 41,000 of us have to be given unconditional regulaization.”
Another protester implored the Education Minister and the Chief Minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal, to make provisions for the regularization of their jobs and threatened to continue the agitation until their demands are met.
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