We Don’t Need No Education

logo_opf.gifIn case any one has not been following the OPF girls college strike case recently, the row has picked up momentum now. The OPF Girls College administration on Wednesday refused to accept teachers demands, including regularisation of their services and withdrawal of termination letters served to three staff members after negotiations held between protesting teachers and the administration.

Soon after the talks failed, teachers staged a protest demonstration outside the college to press the administration to accept their demands. Their demands include regularisation of their services, withdrawal of termination letters and abolition of new selection criteria for serving teachers. More than 150 teachers of the college participated in the protest while holding placards inscribed with slogans like ‘save our future and restore our dignity’.

They said it was a humiliation for the experienced staff if they were asked to appear in a test like fresh candidates. They said their selection was on the basis of tests and interviews conducted three years ago.

OPF Managing Director Mushtaq Ahmed, believes that the foundation is bound to meet the criteria advertised recently through newspapers for new inductions. And if the teachers want to continue their services, they will have to undergo the same.

Meanwhile, the students suffer due to discontinuation of regular classes.

4 Comments so far

  1. JayJay (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 3:23 pm

    A competent person never shies away from tests or challenges. “Humiliation” for sitting a test, I don’t think so. Teachers must be tested regularly and trained continuously so that they keep their skills and knowledge up to date and up to scratch. It happens everywhere in the world where teachers (in schools, colleges or even university ones) have to meet benchmarks, refresh and obtain new skills and go through scrutiny in form of tests, interviews and performance appraisals. If you are good, you get your worth from your employers. Unionism, which these teachers are resorting to, is a shield for the inefficient and the inept. It is mere arm-bending, the art we have perfected so well, and the government is expected to work as charities and soup kitchens.

    If the protesting teachers were previously employed as contractors, how can they now turn back to press for regularization of their services? Are not employers in their right to terminate the services of their employees if they need to?

  2. 1967 (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 3:56 pm

    @Jayjay, you took the word right out of mouth. Look at the students. They are suffering, and teachers have brainwashed them into mechanised processions too. Continous professional development you say? Give me a break! The only concept of development acceptable here is the population “development under multiplication business”. Some look up to it as the culmination of all your worldy causes, I call it (DUMB).

    People just want the salary, with no competition, quota system is prevalent, which I consider a back door to shredding policies of merit to pieces, that’s the culture rampart here. Check out A for [pine]Apple’s Post on Army and Land grabbing exercises earlier last week. And then you have to face the culture of despots and obscurantism everywhere. Teachers are supposed to prepare tests not take them, didn’t you know? How dare you put that insult? How can you expect teachers to take tests like fresh entrants? How dare you challenge the status quo it’s an insult, and heresy!

  3. A for [pine]Apple (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 11:50 pm

    Well I agree with both of ya too … I’ve studied in OPF for two years too, though they’ve proper testing & interviewing systems but still if you know I am Experienced & I know my Job well then why causing such disruptions – go for the selection tests man … !!!

    They protested even in front of parliament – which seems like utter non-sense to me and pure time waste coz no one but a few reporters pay attention to such acts – in the end students and their studies wud get affected and nothing else !

  4. MJ (unregistered) on February 16th, 2007 @ 11:59 am

    The OPF School F-8/2 has been closed down indefinitely.

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