Minister promises intervention after teacher goes on protest for non-payment of salary
Thiruvananthapuram: After a teacher at the single-teacher school in Thiruvananthapuram went on strike on Saturday to protest against non-payment of salary for over 5 months, Minister C Raveendranath responded that the government has taken necessary steps to ensure that teachers of all single–teacher schools will be paid their due salaries.
Meanwhile, the public education director said that the cabinet will have to take a decision on the permanent appointment of these teachers.
It is nearly 5 months since the salary of single-teacher schools are paid. Ushakumarai, the lone teacher at the Agasthya Vidhyalaya school in Thiruvananthapuram, went on a hunger strike at the school on Saturday morning.
These schools are facing a major crisis ever since the single-teacher schools have come under the Education department from 2012 onwards. After 10 years of functioning, a promise was given to make the posts permanent and discussions held regarding this.But nothing concrete happened except for the usual official visits and inspections.
Rs 17,325 is being given to the teachers as honorarium. Though an order was passed to have raised the amount to Rs 18000, it was not implemented. Besides teaching, the lone teacher have to look after the food expenses of students, workload of the headmistress and also the financial details of the mid-day meals of the school. Ushakumari says that she would continue with the stir till the salary is paid.
Ushakumari demanded through the protest to make the teachers permanent in these schools and wanted the government to take steps to implement this.