Srinagar, Mar 21: Demanding salary hike and a proper job policy, Jammu and Kashmir Vocational Trainer’s Welfare Association (JKVTWA) working in different higher secondary schools across Kashmir Valley protested at the press enclave here on Monday, accusing authorities of playing with their future by not implementing a proper job policy.
They demanded immediate removal of the role of Vocational Training Partners (VTPs) and other agencies from departments.
The protestors were holding play cards that read, “we want justice,” “outsourcing of education,” “education is not a business,” “Equal pay for equal work,” “Justice for vocational teachers,” “remove private companies,” “stop the commercialization of education,” etc.”
“We are well trained and have recognized degrees like PhD, M.Tech, MSc, MCA, B.E, B.Tech, BSc., and experience in the required streams with extra-ordinary training skills, but we are still being forced to hit the roads to meet our demands,” the protestors said.
They said they were recruited in the year 2016 under the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), now known as Samagra Shiksha. Since then, there has been no salary increment in our favour, despite being promised by successive political regimes.
At the protest, talking to reporters, Jeelani, a protester, said, ” The government promised us a job policy in our favour, but nothing has happened so far.”
If other state governments could frame a job policy for vocational teachers, then what is stopping the J & K government from drafting a policy for such teachers working here? they questioned.
The teachers said that their counterparts in other states are getting a handsome salary, and they too are demanding a hiked salary on the same pattern.
Our families are dependent on our jobs, and many of us are on the verge of crossing the job age limit. Authorities, by taking our issues non-seriously, are playing with our future, “a teacher who requested not to be named.
For the last many years, he said, we have been requesting authorities to frame a proper job policy and release our salaries at the proper time. But nothing has been done on the ground.
The protestors said that vocational education has been compulsory for 6th–12th standards and J & K BOSE has introduced the curriculum in a running academic calendar along with the academic one.
Unfortunately, we have been deprived of our basic rights to exist in the educational system as there is no policy for our future or development. On the other hand, national education policy (NEP-2020) stresses the vocationalisation of individual education, said a female vocational teacher from South Kashmir.
She stated that we have proven the potential through our students who are self-sufficient, confident, and dependent after being trained under guidance and passing the classes.
As a result, the government of JK UT will take the necessary steps, following in the footsteps of the governments of Haryana, Assam, and West Bengal, to secure our future and potential in the interests of students and the nation as a whole.
The protesting VTs have urged the LG to frame a proper job policy and enhance their salaries. They also request that they be removed completely from agencies/Vocational Training Partners (VTPs).