On 29 July 2-15, numerous organisations working in the interest of education and teachers in Rajasthan joined hands to demonstrate their solidarity and strength in favour of their various demands under the banner of “Save Education, Save Teacher Campaign”. More than a lakh teachers from villages and dhani across Rajasthan gathered in Jaipur to participate in a massive rally. Thousands of women teachers participated militantly in the rally and presented their views, alongside tens of thousands of young teachers who participated vigorously in the deliberations.
Setting aside small differences, teachers from 32 organisations raised their voice against the pro-capitalist and anti-education, anti-teacher, anti-students and anti-social policies of the Rajasthan government and demonstrated their united strength. They declared that they will continue their struggle so long as their 7-point charter of demands is not fulfilled. The next step in the struggle is to organise district level demonstrations all across the state.
Exposing the lies spread by the government and administration all the speakers declared that their struggle is aimed at saving the education and is in the interest of the society and students. The government is conspiring against the government schools, in the interest of the capitalists so that it can be privatized.
The government has increased the working time for the government schools. This has led to anger amongst the teachers. Both the students as well as the teachers have to face a lot of hardship as a result of this order. The government has introduced a 2 tier schooling pattern replacing the erstwhile 3-tier pattern. This has increased the load on the teachers and students have to face problem of lack of adequate number of schools. Thousands of young teachers have been recruited on contract basis, and are being denied any facilities. The teachers have presented following demands:
- The order to increase the duration of teaching time should repealed, and old pattern re-established.
- Under the name of new staffing pattern, the number of teachers’ posts have been curtailed, as a result of which scope for promotion and new recruitment has been almost eliminated. We demand that this order also must be repealed and teachers must be recruited subject-wise and all posts must be reinstated and be filled.
- There must be well defined guidelines for transfer of teachers, and the transfer made under political pressure must be stopped. The transfer of teachers, para-teachers, and monitors and grade-3 teachers must be done as per approved guidelines.
- Conducting education through Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) model will lead to privatization and commercialization of education and this must be stopped immediately.
- The newly recruited teachers must be given regular pay scales and pension benefits instead of the fixed pay as is being done now. The teachers who were appointed in 2012 must be made permanent and their wages must be regularized.
- The inconsistencies in the wages of newly recruited senior teachers must be removed and they must be given the scale of Rs. 16290/- instead of Rs. 14430/-.
- All para-teachers, contract teachers and monitors must be included under service rule of 1971 and provided with all the allowances and benefits as given to regular teachers.
In preparation of the forthcoming struggles on 17th July, teachers across Rajasthan began demonstrations at block levels and have handed over a memorandum to the Chief Minister. Similarly militant demonstrations will be organised at district level on 20 July. Teachers have organised demonstrations against the anti-people and ant-social policies of the state government.
Teachers demonstration in Hanumangarh
Militant demonstrations were organised on 17th and 20th July in Hanumangarh district headquarters. Former president of Rajasthan Teachers Association (Progressive) (Rajasthan Shikshak Sangh – Pragatisheel), and Vice-President of Lok Raj Sangathan - Guruji Hanuman Prasad Sharma addressed the gathering. Thousands of teachers from the district participated in the demonstrations. They burnt the effigy of the Chief Minister and raised slogans against the anti-people policies of the state government.
Addressing the demonstration, Hanuman Prasad Sharma said that we must step up our struggle against the privatization of education. He also said that whichever education policy is formulated and implemented must be done though wide ranging consultation with teachers, intellectuals and the working class.
The Government of Rajasthan is implementing the policy of privatization and liberalisation through PPP model and this will lower the level of education in the state. It will encourage privatization in education. The struggle waged by the teachers in Rajasthan is a just struggle and Communist Ghadar Party of India extends its complete support to the struggle.