Thousands of teachers take to streets in Patna on eve of Teachers' Day

Updated: Sep 05, 2019, 17:15 IST | mid-day online correspondent

The Teacher's Association has also appealed to the teachers who have been selected for awards by the state government not to receive them

Nitish Kumar. Pic/Twitter IANS
Nitish Kumar. Pic/Twitter IANS

On the eve of Teacher's Day, thousands of contractual teachers from Patna, Bihar descended on the streets with their demand of 'equal work, equal pay' and also raised slogans against the Nitish Kumar government. According to news agency IANS, contractual teachers from across the state arrived at Patna's Gardanibagh area and launched their protest under the banner of TET, STET passed Teachers' Association.

Markandey Pathak, the president of the Association said that the government is not ready to listen to the demands of the contractual teachers. Their demands include equal pay for equal work and service conditions on par with regular teachers across the state.

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The contractual school teachers also boycotted the main official functions organised by the government on Teachers' Day. The Association has also appealed to the teachers who have been selected for awards by the state government not to receive them.

Earlier in the day, Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi extended her greetings to all students and teachers on the eve of Teacher's Day. Sonia Gandhi released a statement in order to honour teachers across the country on their special day. In a statement released by the former Congress President Sonia Gandhi said, "Our teachers are true nation builders because it is the teachers who have a very important responsibility to shape the future of our country and show the right path of honesty. Teachers teach the character of nation love, hard work, perseverance and guide the character of our next generation and the future children of the country."

In her statement, Sonia said, "Teachers instill hope in their students, ignite imagination and increase the urge to learn. They are the ones who inspire the students to face the challenges of life, so we will always be indebted to the teachers for their hard work and contribution in nation-building."

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With inputs fro IANS

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