Amid the ongoing tussle between Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena and the Delhi government over the Finland-based training for the city government school teachers, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday made a fresh appeal to the Lieutenant Governor to allow the Delhi government schools’ teachers to go to Finland for the training.
After Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann flagged off the first batch of 36 state government school principals for a visit to Singapore for training, Kejriwal, in a tweet, requested Saxena to allow Delhi’s teachers to go Finland for training.
Sharing the tweet of Punjab CM, Kejriwal said, “The first batch of 36 principals from Punjab has left for Singapore today for training. This is for the better future of the children of Punjab. I request LG Sahib, let the teachers of Delhi also go to Finland for training. Why do you hate the teachers and children of Delhi so much?”
The Delhi government is presently at loggerheads with the lieutenant governor over sending teachers abroad for training.
Earlier on Thursday, Kejriwal had urged the Delhi lieutenant governor to permit teachers and academic staff from Delhi government schools to travel abroad for training citing the example of the Punjab Government.
Kejriwal had addressed a press conference on Thursday and said thirty-six government principals of the Punjab Government are going to Singapore for five days of teacher training from February 6-10, 2023.
During the press conference, Kejriwal had questioned Delhi’s LG regarding the non-clearance of the Finland file so far with respect to the proposal to send teachers abroad for training.
“The Delhi government has already provided training to more than 1000 principals/teachers from abroad and further wants to continue it,” he added.
“The Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court had ruled in July 2018 that no file will go to the LG, but the Centre passed a law directing that they will; we have challenged this because it is unconstitutional. I hope that the LG will allow teachers to go abroad until this decision is announced,” he added.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in a press briefing said, “Because of the unconstitutional power given to the LG by the central government of BJP, the Delhi government is not able to send its teachers for training abroad. If the teachers have to be sent abroad for training, then the consent of the LG is not required, but due to the unconstitutional amendments made in the GNCTD Act by the Central Government, the LG is stalling everything.”