SRINAGAR: The teachers working in Kashmir schools under centrally-sponsored Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan continued shutdown for the second consecutive day demanding timely wages and service benefits.
The two-day shutdown was called by Jammu and Kashmir Rehber-e-Taleem Teachers forum.
Salim Sagar, state general secretary of the forum said that all government primary and middle schools were closed during the two-day strike.
“Yesterday we were supposed to meet Education Minister Altaf Bukhari but he wasn’t available there. We have deferred our protest till Eid-ul-Fitr. If our demands were not met by the time, we will go for a tougher programme,” said Salim.
Forum demands release of pending salaries before the Eid and streamlining of the salaries of teachers like other state and central government employees.
Salary of almost 40,000 teachers is pending from February 2017 and arrears are pending from more than two years.