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Teachers to hold protest to press for their demands

Friday, 8 August 2014 - 6:40am IST | Agency: dna

As per State Principals Union, at least 60,000 teachers are on the verge of losing their jobs due to improper implementation of RTE. Should the Act be implemented properly, more than 1 lakh posts can be created. Around 14 different associations are coming together to speak out against some rules that are affecting not only the teachers, but also the students. The associations have also decided to shut down schools after August 15, if corrections aren't made to some of RTE rules.

After knowing that 60,000 teachers may lose their jobs – especially those from unaided schools – the associations have decided to protest on August 11. Around 14 organizations of trustees, principals, teachers, students and parents across the state are coming together to protest the improper implementation of the RTE Act in front of the Director of Education office in Pune.

Prashant Redijj, head of the State Principals Union, said, "The most affected in this are Marathi-medium schools whose staff and students are joining the protest. The RTE says that standards 6, 7 and 8 should have 1 teacher for 35 students. If class 5 has 30 students, then that one teacher will become surplus and those 30 children will be merged with another class of 35. Even in the offline staff selection, many are going to lose their jobs. We are protesting to withdraw some of these rules."

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