New Delhi: The Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) protested on the streets of the national capital on Wednesday demanding immediate absorption of over 4,500 ad-hoc teachers in the university and its affiliated colleges.
The teachers marched from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar raising slogans against the government policies of privatisation, implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP) besides drawing attention to the plight of the ad-hoc teachers. The march was stopped by police.
“The DUTA submitted a memorandum to the Ministry of Education to demand a one-time regulation for the absorption of ad-hoc and temporary teachers in keeping with the reservation policy against all sanctioned vacancies,” DUTA president Rajib Ray was quoted as saying via a statement by news agency PTI.
The DUTA alleged that the recruitment in Delhi University had not happened for “over a decade”, except sporadically, resulting in young teachers being forced into situations of extreme vulnerability with no benefits like their permanent colleagues, the report said.
According to DUTA, the government was going ahead with the NEP implementation at breakneck speed, teachers feared it would exacerbate the precarious situation of ad-hoc teachers.