Lack of service extension to SMC teachers has resulted in lockout of over 300 government schools in Himachal. After the winter holidays, a new academic session will start in many schools of the state from Wednesday. More than 300 schools are running on the strength of only 2400 SMC teachers. The service expansion of 1800 is over on 31 December, while the remaining 600 will end on 31 March. In such a situation, it has become a challenge for the Education Department to maintain the arrangements in these schools.
The Directorate of Elementary Education has sought opinion from the Law Department on the service extension case. The government has reprimanded the service extension proposal to the Directorate. The government has accused the officers of the Directorate of not preparing the proposal of the High Court and not taking into account all the facts. In such a situation, the Directorate of Elementary Education, which is engaged in making fresh proposals, has decided to seek legal opinion.
On the other hand, Director of Elementary Education Rohit Jamwal said that legal opinion is being taken regarding service extension of SMC teachers. A new proposal will be sent to the government soon. He said that the presence of teachers in all schools will be ensured. Education in schools will not be affected. State President of SMC Teachers Association Manoj Rongta said that the High Court has not stayed the extension of service. Only SMC has been asked not to make new recruits.
In such a situation, the government should extend the service soon in the interest of students. He has demanded the Chief Minister and the Education Minister to secure the future of SMC teachers. He informed that more than 300 primary, middle and higher schools of the state are running only with the help of SMC teachers. SMC teachers have gone to schools in inaccessible, remote and tribal areas that have been denied regular teachers.