Finance minister clarifies on latest order on pre-primary teachers' service

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KN Balagopal | Photo: CR Gireesh Kumar

Thiruvananthapuram: Finance minister KN Balagopal said that pre-primary teachers do not have to be concerned regarding the latest order issued by the department. The finance department directed pre-primary teachers who receive salary through Service and Payroll Administrative Repository (Spark) to report their contract tenure.

The order was issued as part of a technical arrangement, the minister said. He added that pre-primary teachers and helpers (ayahs) would not lose their jobs. Balagopal also informed that the current status of their service and pay would continue.

Teachers union AKSTU had filed a petition with the minister. Pre-primary teachers had planned to organise protests in the coming days.

The finance department had said in its order that if pre-primary teachers fail to report their contract tenure, it would affect the salary distribution.

The teachers in the pre-primary sections established in the government schools before 2012 were receiving a fixed monthly salary. The monthly salary for pre-primary teachers is Rs 10,000 while other staff receive Rs 6,000.

Also, their appointments have not been made permanent yet. As many as 2,861 teachers and 1,978 staff in the state were, however, expecting permanent appointments as the government has decided to include the pre-primary section under the ambit of the General Education department.

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