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Sunday, 6 September 2020

Lockdown broke the back of private schools, say teachers

Ambala, September 5

Teachers of private schools, associated with the National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA), observed a "black day" today in protest against the Centre and the state government, which, they said, failed to support schools during the Covid lockdown.

PTIs observe 'black day'

Gurugram: Hundreds of sacked Physical Training Instructors (PTI) burnt the effigy of Education Minister Kanwar Pal here on Teacher's Day, which, they said, had lost relevance as the statehad turned its back on them. Teacher's Day, they said, was a "black day" for them. They started marching towards Medanta Hospital, where the CM is admitted for the Covid treatment, when the police stopped them at Rajiv Chowk. They accused the police of using force against them. OC

The NISA, along with 42 state private school associations across the country, had appealed to teachers to share their problems on social media on September 5. On their call, more than 30,000 teachers posted their comments on Twitter on Saturday.

About 70,000 schools across the country are associated with the NISA.

Kulbhushan Sharma, NISA chief, said: "Our demands include extend moratorium on school buses till March 2021, education vouchers to students through the direct benefit transfer scheme, unsecured loans at low rate of interest to school managements with a moratorium of 12 months and salaries to teachers for the lockdown period."

He said the Covid outbreak and the subsequent lockdown led to economic crisis, resulting in job loss. "Some of the parents under financial stress couldn't pay the fee. As per a survey conducted by the NISA in 3,690 schools in 22 states, only 38 per cent parents of 16.5 lakh students paid the fee during the lockdown." He said the NISA had written to PM Narendra Modi a month ago, seeking relief but it got no response. — TNS

from The Tribune

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