Teachers protests amid ‘Padho Punjab, Padhao Punjab’ tests starts

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A protest was going against the Punjab government’s Regulation policy by the negotiated teachers under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyaan (RMSA) and of Adarsh and Model schools. These teacher’s attempted to stop tests under ‘Padho Punjab, Padhao Punjab’ that started in primary schools on Friday.

The Union leaders who are protesting sat in front of the district schools like Ludhiana, Moga and Muktsar. These union leaders tried to stop the team of ‘padho Punjab, Padhao Punjab’ to enter into the schools. Because of which District Education officer (DEO) along with police force went to the schools to conduct the examination of class 1 to 5.

Congress government had started this programme. The basic learning level of students in  Maths, English and Punjabi are being checked through these tests.

A teacher alleged that he was slapped by the DEO and police who reached at the spot after which tension prevailed at government primary school at Burj Sidhwan village of Malout in Muktsar.

The forces were positioned until the test was completed. Union leaders opposed testing at Manakwal and Gyaspura schools, also in Ludhiana.

“We had to call a police force to get the examination resumed at Araich village. They are boycotting Padho Punjab programme, which is ultimately going to affect the studies of kids. Majority of teachers are supporting us, but some, who are protesting, are not letting them work, “said Ludhiana DEO (Elementary) Singh.

In Moga also, the union leaders sat outside the government primary school at Godhewala. They said that they will boycott the padho Punjab programme and will not let the students do the tests.

“We got the tests started at City-1 school. Whatever issues they have with the government, they should sort out with the authorities, but they cannot stop functioning of schools this way. This is no way to protest, “said Pardeep Sharma, DEO (Elementary), Moga.

“Not only he is working against the teachers, but also Padho Punjab content is against the prescribed syallabus. We will only let the students write annual exams, not these useless tests under Padho Punjab. This is creating burden on the students. One of our teachers was slapped by the DEO in Malout today (Friday). Now, we will intensify our protest against Padho Punjab, Krishan Kumar and the government. They tried to take the tests forcibly today (Friday) by calling a police force, “said Jaswinder Singh Sidhu, state leader of Adhyapak Sangharsh Committee.

Rajinder Singh, spokesperson of Education Department said that, report are being made of schools to see in how many schools tests are not been done , and the actions will be taken according to that.

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