More than 5,000 teachers from government schools across Maharashtra gathered in Aurangabad on Sunday to protest against the state government for giving them many non-academic tasks to complete.
Navnath Gend, who heads the primary teachers’ wing of the Shikshak Bharati, a state-wide teachers’ organisation that played an instrumental role in the protest said “We should be focusing on helping children cope with pandemic-induced academic loss instead of non-academic responsibilities forced on to us by the government. Our leaders — MLCs from teachers’ constituencies — are going to present our issues to the Chief Minister and the education minister. Along with our concerns and suggestions, our request to focus on academic tasks will be conveyed to the government. But if this does not resolve the issue, we will continue protests across Maharashtra,” he added.