Aakanksha N Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, December 11
Among hundreds of others appointed under the 5178 Master Cadre Union, a physically challenged teacher, Manjit Kaur, from a rural area in Jalandhar fought the longest battle, from the professional and personal front.
When the notification of regularisation had come earlier this year, she had heaved a sigh of relief. And now, after five years of wait on December 5, Manjit finally regularised. She is on cloud nine. She said regularisation had finally made her happy.
“I cannot forget hardships I have gone through. But it seems that I have finally got what I deserved,” she said.
Manjit Kaur, a teacher in Government High School, Kot Sadik, is disabled in the right leg. She was too small when she lost her father. In the absence of any source of income, Manjit started teaching at a private school.
“My life has remained painful. At the age of four, I got affected by polio and suffered disability in a leg. I was small when I lost my father. No one can ever imagine the ordeals I went through in my life,” she said.
But it was her zeal and dream to teach and provide education to others that kept her going. Manjit has five siblings and in the absence of any source of income after the death of her father, she started teaching at a private school and continued her studies simultaneously.
While doing a private job, she completed BEd, Masters in English and then cleared the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET). She had been getting Rs 7,500 per month all these years, which she spent on getting her sisters married.
Manjit said she even continued the job when she had to travel 50 km to reach her school. “Despite suffering a lot in my life, I never lost hope. It was my ambition to teach that helped me going all these years,” she said.
Manjit said her present school was over 10 km away from her home and she changes two auto-rickshaws to reach the place.
The teacher said though she had got regularised, she would be satisfied the day she gets her salary.
“This time, I would get a full grade on a par with the master cadre. This is making me content,” she said.
Rahul Sharma, district president of the union, said the teachers had protested for their rights for long and finally they were regularised.
“We held protests, meetings, and in the end, we got what we wanted,” he said.
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