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Teachers, doctors and police can’t strike work: HC
By Nirmala Joseph September 14, 2017
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CHENNAI: Teachers, doctors and police personnel have no right to strike work, the Madras High Court asserted on Wednesday, and warned that it will block legal remedies for them if they resort to such methods in future.

Justice Kirubakaran said, “We will not compromise on education. Those in education, medicine and police should not stay away from work. Teachers associations are not above the Constitution. They have greater responsibility.”

The court condemned the ongoing strike by government staff especially teachers across the state. The judge questioned the state government on action taken by it to end strike. Make sure that all of them return to work, the court told the government.

The judge’s comments came as a petition was taken up from an advocate seeking a court order for counseling of students who could not get medical admission because they could not pass the national entrance exam NEET.

It should be recalled that 85 per cent of students in the state are from the Tamil medium while NEET is done in English. An aspirant, Anitha, who had earned 92 per cent marks in higher secondary committed suicide recently because she failed in the NEET exam.

As the petition came up for hearing before Justice Kirubakaran, the petitioner advocate brought to the notice of courts that teachers have been striking work for past three months. This is affecting the students, especially those who need to write NEET.

Justice Kirubakaran, said: “The court has condemned the strike by teachers on many occasions in the past. If such protests continue, we will be compelled to pass order for providing compensation to students from teachers, government staff association and the government.” “Teachers of private schools are not striking work,” he observed.

Coming down heavily on state government, the judge asked what steps have been taken by the them to end the strike by teachers.

“Only five government school students from the state have managed to secure medical seats. Protesting teachers should feel ashamed of this fact. They should know their responsibility. Such persons cannot involve in strikes,” Justice Kirubakaran said. “This is pathetic. What action is initiated on teachers who have not been to school regularly,” he asked.

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