Hundreds of teachers under the banner of the Joint Action Committee of Teachers' Organisations laid a siege to the Prakasam Bhavan in support of their 14-point charter of demands.

As many as 50 teachers were taken into preventive custody under Section 151 of the Cr. PC and taken away in police vans to the II Town police station as they tried to gatecrash into the Collectorate. Those held were later released on taking personal sureties, the police said.

Scrap GOs

The teachers raised slogans demanding that GO Ms Nos. 50 and 65 be scrapped. They said that an ideal teacher-student ratio should be 1:35 as against 1:60 now in government schools.

“We will embark on Chalo Hyderabad on May 25 and lay a siege to the Directorate of School Education if our just demands are not conceded by then,” they said.

They pressed for continuation of the post of Physical Science teacher, both in English and Telugu media, in the 6,500 Success Schools. They also wanted continuation of the post of headmaster created to address the issue of low level female literacy in the rural areas.

Members of the State Teachers' Union, Progressive Recognised Teachers' Union, Andhra Pradesh Teachers' Federation, Andhra Pradesh Upadyaya Sangham, Rashtriya Upadyaya Sangham, Physical Education Teachers' Association, and Bachelor of Education Teachers' Association took part in the agitation.

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