Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Teachers protest “bid to privatise education”

The Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) organised a day-long convention for teachers from across the country here on Monday to deliberate on recent policy changes in higher education and their consequences on teachers and students.

The All-India Convention of Teachers on “Higher Education in Crisis” resolved to observe a one-day strike across the country to build up an all-India struggle on the issue. The resolution said all current Education Bills before Parliament were concrete steps “by the Government to institutionalise privatisation leading to commodification of higher education. The Bills, if passed, will exclude the majority from higher education”.

Anti-people agenda
“The consensus which emerged from this Convention is that the Government had deliberately adopted an anti-democratic approach to teachers’ service conditions and academic freedom in order to overcome any kind of opposition to its designs. The participating teachers’ organisations converged to give a call to all teachers to defeat the Government’s anti-people agenda in higher education by fighting composite struggles against all forms of unilateral authority and bureaucratic infringement on academic issues,” said DUTA President Amar Deo Sharma, adding that the convention had also noted that the Vice-Chancellor was not meeting any of the DUTA office-bearers.

He said there were 12 teachers’ organisations besides DUTA that participated in the convention including the Federation of Central University Teachers, All India Federation of College and University Teachers, Rajasthan University Teachers’ Association, Panjab University Teachers’ Association , Tripura University Teachers’ Association, Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers’ Association JNUTA, Aligarh Muslim University Teachers’ Association, IGNOU Teachers’ Association, IP State University Teachers’ Association, Allahabad University Teachers’ Association, Jamia Teachers’ Association, Jamia Hamdard Teachers’ Association and the All India Forum for Right to Education.

Source: The Hindu, August 14, 2012

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