On Teachers’ Day today, nearly 20,000 teachers from 33 districts of Assam have decided to take out a march to the Raj Bhavan and urges all teachers in the state to boycott the celebration of Teachers’ Day. The marching teachers will take out the rally under the banner of Asom Sikshak Karmachari Aikyo Mancha and demands for immediate provincialisation of venture schools and services of teachers.
As provincialisation of schools is a burning issue in Assam along with non-payment of teachers’ pay, the deprived teachers have decided to boycott the teachers’ day celebrations. President of Asom Sikshak Karmachari Aikyo Mancha, Kushal Kumar said, "We will lead the Raj Bhavan Chalo movement wearing black badges, from Latasil playground here at 10.30am to Dispur and submit a memorandum to the governor and the chief minister of Assam for immediate provincialisation of venture schools and services of teachers. We will have around 20,000 teachers from all the districts of the state participating in this movement."
Kumar further added, "We urge the teaching fraternity to boycott Teachers' Day celebrations and observe the day as Teachers' Deprivation Day."
Expressing more about the march taken out by the teachers, the secretary of the Mancha Bhubaneswar Lahakar said that teachers from associations like the All Assam Minority Students' Association, All Assam Non-Provincialised High School and High Madrassa Teachers' Association and the All Assam Junior College Principals' Forum have come forward to join hands in this movement.
Abdul Latif, president of the Principals' Forum of Junior Colleges, said, "There will be no classes in any junior college of the state on Wednesday. We have urged every college not to celebrate Teachers' Day in the colleges and boycott felicitation programmes organised by students as well. We will also participate in the movement to Raj Bhavan."
With the movement, the provincialised teachers hope that the government of Assam will perhaps realize the inconvenience the teachers are suffering from.