News about education in India, Jordan, Ghana

HaryanaIndia, Haryana: Over 300 teachers of aided schools courted arrest after they held up traffic at Housing Board Chowk on the Panchkula-Chandigarh road for over four hours on Saturday. The teachers have been demanding assimilation into government schools after the government made a promise in this regard. The protesters were released later.

Chief minister had announced that teachers from aided schools will be assimilated into government schools at a rally at Gohana in the run up to Lok Sabha elections but nothing has been done in this regard.

Around 2pm, protesters began a march towards Chandigarh but were not allowed to go beyond the Panchkula-Chandigarh border. Talks between Haryana government representatives and a delegation of five protesters held on Saturday also failed, following which the teachers were arrested. To date, nothing has been done. The teachers will continue to protest until their demands are met. There is a cabinet meeting on August 12 and if their demands are not met they will start hunger strike, as the president of teachers’ association said.

JordanJordan: Public school teachers will go on strike from August 17, the first day in the new academic year, to press a set of demands, including a job allowance and better pension and healthcare benefits, according to Jordan Teachers Association (JTA) president. JTA will not compromise on teachers’ rights and fair demands, accusing the government of “reluctance and procrastination” in addressing those demands. The teachers will press ahead with the strike if the government does not budge.
 GhanaGhana: The Polytechnic Teachers Association of Ghana says it has nothing to say if government decides to freeze salaries of striking POTAG members. The Polytechnic Teachers Association of Ghana began an indefinite nationwide strike in May this year to protest government’s unwillingness to pay their book and research allowance for the 2013/2014 academic year.What the teachers do go beyond teaching and conducting examinations. In total, each polytechnic teacher renders 21 services including supervising the dissertation of students, he claimed, and cautioned against classifying some more important than others.