150 contract teachers in the Indian state of Punjab have been detained by the police as they tried to protest to the government. The teachers wanted to march to the education department but were arrested by police according to . The protesters have not been paid for 13 months and their contracts have not been made permanent. The teachers are part of the so-called Centre Sponsor Scheme and have been teaching in public schools across the state.

The police also beat the teachers up according to their union spokesperson: "The police have already arrested 84 teachers and sent them to the Faridkot jail; among them 43 are women. The teachers are hard up as they have got no salaries. Despite this the teachers have been teaching the students at their own expense. For months, we have been demanding the release of our salaries, regularisation of jobs and implementation of regular payscales, but the state government has not bothered. On Sunday, the police beat us up and arrested around 200 teachers for protesting peacefully and in a democratic way."

The ETT teachers union held a rally in support of the arrested teachers on Saturday, and burnt an effigy symbolising the government of the state.

This repression typifies the contempt with which contract teachers are treated - yet the policy of employing teachers on short term contracts is one actively by the World Bank as a way of saving money and disciplining teachers.

Meanwhile computer teachers in the Indian state of Kerala are to go on hunger strike demanding that they be paid and contracted as government teachers. More than 10,000 computer teachers work in the state - 99% of them women and their salaries are negligible.