Teachers' Day/Black Day? Over 60,000 schools across India protest on September 5

India Today
News Dated: 
07-Sep-2018
"Teachers are being treated as criminals. Beti Bachao Beti Padhao slogan is just an eye wash as literate Betiyan who are working as a teachers are behind the bars today," said NISA's president.

On Teachers' Day, over 60,000 schools across the country observed black day in protest of alleged discriminatory policies against safety of teachers, principal and school management, claimed an association of budget private schools -- as reported by PTI.

Schools functioned with all teachers and staffs wearing black ribbons, and buses with black flags, it said.

Teachers' Day or Black Day?

Schools from Delhi, UP, MP, Bihar, Assam, Nagaland, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Maharshtra, Telangana, Andhara Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu had maximum participation in the protest, according to a statement by the national federation of associations of budget private schools, National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA).

Why the protests?

Thomas Antony, National Coordinator of NISA, alleged that in recent days many incidents happened across the country, in which the teachers, school drivers, Principal, School Management and support staff were penalized and sent to jail with no bail granted for a long time; and were harassed because of the way our police department and legal organizations are dealing with case.

"These actions brought the situation where no one is ready to become a teacher and principal or school leader. It's high to have a direction from government for no arrest and no school closure before the proper investigation," he said.

Students' education is at stake, it alleged.

Teachers being treated as criminals

"Management and principals should not to be penalized for accidents," the association demanded.

"In India we always have a higher value for teachers. But in recent days because of the discriminatory policies... Teachers are being treated as criminals. Beti Bachao Beti Padhao slogan is just an eye wash as literate Betiyan who are working as a teachers are behind the bars today," Kulbhushan Sharma, National President of NISA claimed in the statement.

They also protested "increasing government intervention" in day-to-day school management.

Female teachers soft target

The female teachers and female principals are soft target in the ambit of law. The teachers have been arrested without proper investigation and booked under non-bailable sections, the statement claimed.

Call to Modi

NISA and all its member associations have sent a representation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and are expecting to get his kind attention to bring Teachers Safety Act and reform the education system which is not safe for teachers and school management, the statement claimed.

Source : https://www.indiatoday.in/education-today/news/story/teachers-day-black-day-indian-schools-protest-1334623-2018-09-07