In pictures: At Jantar Mantar, teachers fight for their rights

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Education is the need of the hour in the country and with teachers going on strike can have severe consequences on the students. OneIndia met a large number of teachers protesting at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi seeking for their rights.

"We are protesting at Jantar Mantar for the last 24 days and my colleagues are sitting on hunger strike for the last 10 days, but Government has become deaf and not listening to our basic demands," said Bhanu Priya who was a social science teacher at Government school in Jagalpur, Delhi.

These teachers are protesting at Jantar Mantar and some of them have also gone on indefinite hunger strike as they feel Government is not listening to their demands.

3 basic demands of these teachers

-contracts should be renewed

-Government should fix monthly salary as currently they are paid on a daily basis

- Age limit to be raised

"Students are not effected because of our strike, we are unemployed and our contracts have not been renewed. At the same time when the Government's principle is to promote education, they are not renewing our contract and we are sitting here unemployed as a result students are effected. There are not enough school teachers in Government schools and thats why students are effected. Even parents are sitting on dharna as they think students are effected,"said Bhanu Priya.

"Our contract is only for 1 year and after that we have to apply again to get it renewed. Our basic demand is that our contracts should be automatically renewed like MCD schools. So why it is not done the same way in Delhi Government schools, asks another teacher Ashok Vihar who is a Sanskrit teacher at Government boys senior secondary school in Ashok Vihar, Delhi.

Delhi teachers go on hunger strike

Delhi Government school teachers protest at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi demanding renewal of their contract.(OneIndia photo by Sukant Singh)

Delhi teachers go on hunger strike

Delhi Government school teachers protest at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi demanding renewal of their contract.(OneIndia photo by Sukant Singh)

Delhi teachers go on hunger strike

Delhi Government school teachers protest at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi demanding renewal of their contract.(OneIndia photo by Sukant Singh)

Delhi teachers go on hunger strike

Delhi Government school teachers protest at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi demanding renewal of their contract.(OneIndia photo by Sukant Singh)

Delhi teachers go on hunger strike

Delhi Government school teachers protest at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi demanding renewal of their contract.(OneIndia photo by Sukant Singh)

Delhi teachers go on hunger strike

Delhi Government school teachers protest at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi demanding renewal of their contract.(OneIndia photo by Sukant Singh)

Delhi teachers go on hunger strike

Delhi Government school teachers protest at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi demanding renewal of their contract.(OneIndia photo by Sukant Singh)

Delhi teachers go on hunger strike

Delhi Government school teachers protest at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi demanding renewal of their contract.(OneIndia photo by Sukant Singh)

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