Bhubaneswar, Nov 15: The junior teachers scuffled with the police while they were trying to enter the Odisha Assembly premises on Monday.
However, the teachers were overpowered by the police personnel, who picked up many agitators as they threatened to end their life if the demands were not met.
The teachers, under the banner of the Junior Teacher Association, were pressing their demands for the recruitment of junior teachers in the schools across the state.
The agitating members of the association said that the state government didn’t issue any notification for the recruitment of the junior teachers in the schools for the past 6 years.
Despite meeting all the minimum eligibility criteria, such as completing the Certificate of Teaching (CT) course and qualifying the Odisha teacher’s eligibility test (OTET), they were still unemployed, said the members.
“The government didn’t issue any recruitment notification for the vacant posts of junior teachers in the state for the last 6 years. We are unemployed despite meeting all of the eligibility criteria. Time and again, we all have seen how poor the education system is at primary level. If the government refuses to recruit junior teachers, how the education system will improve? The government should stop commercialising the education and must issue the notification for the recruitment of junior teachers in all the schools across the state”, said Debabrata Behera, President of Malkangiri Junior Teacher Association.
“For a long period, we have had various peaceful protests on the same problem. However, the government did not listen to us. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik can travel to many districts to promote their BSKY smart health card scheme, but when it comes to provide jobs to junior teachers, he remains silent. We attempted to forcibly enter the state assembly because it is better to die in front of the assembly than to be jobless”, said an agitating member of the association.