Friday, March 7, 2014

Women teachers seek safe postings

GUWAHATI: Schoolteachers staged a protest on Thursday in front of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan office demanding that the government formulate a policy to transfer women teachers who are teaching in far-flung areas of the state, putting their safety and lives at risk.

The protesters submitted memorandums to chief minister Tarun Gogoi and education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. The teachers launched the stir after a young teacher was recently gang-raped in a remote area in lower Assam's Darrang district. Dinendra Shil, one of the leading protesters, said, "All the three men involved in the rape of the young teacher in Darrang should be hanged till death. This torture of female teachers must come to an end."

He said many teachers in the state have been targeted for protesting against the misutilization of government funds. "Whether it be the mid-day meal scheme or building grants, there is rampant misappropriation of funds allocated to schools in rural areas, especially in the chars or sandbars where the education system is in a pathetic condition. The government must look into our allegations," Shil said.

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