Private school teachers protest, call CBSE safety rules a torture

The Times of India
News Dated: 
13-Oct-2017

GURGAON: Teachers from private schools in Gurgaon on Thursday came out in full support for the 'Black Day' called by the National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA), to protest against the increasing government interference in the day-to-day functioning of schools. Teaching and non-teaching staff of nearly 60,000 schools from across the country participated in similar protests nationwide.

Amit Chandra, coordinator of NISA, said, "This is not for one particular issue but many that have lasted over a period of time. Most of the private schools have felt that the policies drafted by the CBSE and the government are totally inconsiderate of the teachers." The association has sent a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene. "We have written numerous times to Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar but he never responded," said NISA president Kulbhushan Singh.

"What is the government trying to do? They are treating us like criminals. The policies of safety and security which have been drafted by the education department are totally against us. One rule states female attendants will have to be present on the school bus, does that mean we dismiss the conductors from the buses?" Kulbhushan asked.

The CBSE circular on 'safety of children' sent to its affiliated schools, gives them two months to complete psychometric evaluation of all staff - teachers, non-teaching employees, sweepers, bus drivers and conductors. Kulbhushan raises an eyebrow on this test. "Why are the authorities having a psychometric test on teachers? Are we insane people?" said Kulbhushan.

"There is a sense of fear among teachers. The security regulations formed for the protection of students are a kind of torture for us. The authorities can not directly hold us accountable for just anything that happens in the school premises," Jagbir Singh, teacher, BP High School, Gurgaon, said.