The Himachal Pradesh State Lecturers Association (HPSLA) has declared its agitation on October 8 against the state government’s recent decision of designating 562 teachers as postgraduate teachers (PGTs) in place of school lecturers after promotion and the department’s new criteria for admission to the science stream in senior secondary schools.

HPSLA accused the government for dividing the state cadre of school lecturers into PGTs and lecturers, association president Ashwani Kumar, general secretary Pramod Pathania and state secretary Sachin Thakur warned the government that if the government did not withdraw “its use of PGTs for school lecturers” from all its notifications or official appointments, they would launch a statewide stir on October 8.