Srinagar. August 6: Teachers have called for a three-day strike, beginning Wednesday, as a mark of protest against the government decision to make screening test compulsory for Rehbar-e-Taleem (ReT) teachers who have obtained their degrees from outside study centres or through distance mode.
Hundreds of Rehbar-e-Taleem teachers on Wednesday assembled near Directorate of School Education Kashmir (DSEK) here to stage protest and later marched towards press enclave.
The teachers were protesting against the government decision to conduct proficiency test for 65,000 ReT teachers of the state. The protesters threatened of Valley-wide agitation if the government did not revoke the order at the earliest.
As soon as they reached near Press Colony, police personnel deployed in strength asked them to disperse. However, the teachers demonstrated reluctance and continued with the march towards Ghanta Ghar (clock tower).The Police swung into action and resorted to baton charge, water cannons and teargas shelling to disperse the protestors.
Nearly half a dozen protestors were injured in the police action adding one of the injured was hit by a teargas shell on his face and was rushed to hospital for treatment. Some agitating teachers also resorted to stone-pelting, resulting in brief clashes with police, following which the normal activities in the commercial hub was affected. Over three dozen teachers were detained and taken to different police stations in the city.