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21 Jan 2021

Abhinav Sahay, Hindustan Times

India: Teachers join farmers protest in solidarity, demand withdrawal of new National Education Policy

"Maharashtra varsity teachers’ unions to march against new farm and labour laws", 21 January 2021

The ongoing farmers’ protests against the three Central farm laws have won the support of the all India teachers’ union including several teachers’ unions in the state of Maharashtra, who will hold a sit-in protest at Azad Maidan...and a march to the governor’s house...to extend solidarity with the farmers.

“The nation is witnessing the ongoing historic struggle of lakhs of farmers near Delhi since the past two months. The All India Organisation of Teachers and the non-teaching employees of education institutes in the country have expressed their solidarity with this struggle...."

Maharashtra Federation of University and College Teachers' Organisation (MFUCTO), Bombay University and College Teachers' Union (BUCTU) among others.

The statement further alleges that the introduction of the National Education Policy (NEP) violates the Constitutional mandates of reservation and free and compulsory education...

The teachers demand that the government repeals the three farm laws and four labour codes apart from withdrawing the NEP...