Teachers’ Union and their resistance have long been held responsible for delaying the much needed reforms in the country’s education sector. Pending reforms in the educations sector at all levels have been attributed to the resistance of different teacher groups in the country.
Another instance of such a pressure tactic being applied can be seen in the state of West Bengal.
As per Shrutinath Prahara, the general secretary of WBCUTA, a number of teachers, which includes an ex- Vice Chancellor of the University were thrashed by the state Police after they didn’t call off their protest rally.
The 5 - member strong team, comprising of the representatives of the various teachers’ Union in the state met with Partha Chatterjee, the state’s Education minister in the state’s legislative assembly and submitted to him a 7 – page deputation which contained their requests for the changes they want to be included in the newly introduced education bill which was passed by the state’s assembly recently.
Teachers alleged that the Police used force to stop their peaceful protest march.
As per Prahara, "The police used force to stop us from marching towards Assembly. Later a five-member delegation was allowed to meet the education minister. We have requested him to look at our demands and make a few changes in the West Bengal Universities and Colleges (Administration and Regulation) Bill, 2017. He gave us a patient hearing and also condemned the act of the police."