‘Profane’ language

Teachers hold protest, burn minister’s effigy

Teachers hold protest, burn minister’s effigy

Students protest at Chitkara Universty on Wednesday. Tribune Photo

Tribune News Service

Patiala, December 11

To protest against Education Minister Vijay Inder Singla for his alleged profane language, hundreds of teachers held a protest rally and burnt the effigy of the minister here today. Government schoolteachers, under the banner of the Democratic Teachers’ Front, raised slogans against the minister at Nehru Park.

In fact, the protesting teachers held a protest march from Nehru Park to the bus stand where they burnt the effigy of the minister.

The protesting teachers’ unions were demanding an apology from the minister for his ‘profane’ language against BEd TET pass teachers in Barnala last week.

Atinder Pal, president of the Democratic Teachers’ Front, Patiala, said: “The Education Minister has insulted the teaching profession by saying swear words against the protesting teachers. Instead of sympathising with the distressed teachers, he abused them. This shows the attitude of the Education Minister towards the teachers.”

The protesting teachers said Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh should expel him (minister) from the Cabinet for his remarks.

Vikram Dev, senior vice-president, Democratic Teachers’ Front, said: “The Education Minister should immediately apologise to the teachers for his profane language. Why there has been no action against the minister for his language? Being an Education Minister, he is supposed to behave properly.”

The protesters said they would continue their protest if the minister does not apologise to the teachers for his language.

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