The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday extended support to the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET)-qualified unemployed youth, who have been demanding jobs against a large number of posts of teachers lying vacant in government schools.AAP leader Himmat Singh Shergill, in a statement here, said 22,000 eligible candidates who had cleared TET are struggling to get jobs. He said the state government gave jobs to only 4,000 candidates from all those who had qualified TET. On the other hand, more than 40,000 posts are lying vacant in state schools and the government is taking no steps to fill these posts, he said.

Shergill said the ongoing protests and demonstrations by TET-qualified candidates were falling on deaf ears, even as a large number of candidates had crossed the age limit for government job. Shergill said the AAP, after coming to power in Punjab, would give priority to the education sector on the model adopted by the AAP-led Delhi government.