Vocational trainers protest for job policy, salary hike

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Aug 7: Demanding job policy and career growth for them, vocational trainers held a protest demonstration, here today.
Shouting slogans in support of their demands and carrying banners, the protesting vocational trainers appealed Lt Governor Manoj Sinha to personally look into their issue and address the same.
Protesting under the banner of J&K Vocational Trainers Association, they were also demanding salary hike, regular increments, service byelaws, equal pay for equal work, etc.
“We are teaching Vocational education in Govt High Schools and Higher Secondary Schools since 2016 but there is no career growth, salary hike, service rules, job policy for us,” they said and demanded equal pay for equal work.
Pertinent to mention that Vocational Education Program was started by Government as the pilot project under RMSA, now new name Samagra after merging SSA&RMSA and thousands of youth were engaged in different States, as Quality Teachers in High and Higher Secondary Schools. Now this vocational programme has become a permanent part of Education but policy has been formulated on the Vocational Teachers engaged under the programme.
“Even as the Government is focusing on vocational education in schools permanently, there is no focus on Vocational Teachers who are rendering their services for years,” said the protesters.