No hope for permanent appointments, service of pre-primary teachers likely to turn contract-based

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Thiruvananthapuram: The latest order released by Kerala Finance Department paved the way for compulsory contract-based service of teachers in the pre-primary schools.

The department has directed the teachers and staff at pre-primary school, who receive salary via Spark to report their contract tenure. Otherwise, it would affect the salary distribution, warned the finance department. By this, the teachers and staff (ayahs) who were appointed in the government pre-primary schools will become contract labourers. The teachers’ unions raised their protest against the order of the finance department, which was published without obtaining the approval of the General Education department.

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. In addition to this, their appointments have not been made permanent yet. However, as many as 2861 teachers and 1978 staff in the state were expecting permanent appointments as the government has decided to include the pre-primary section under the ambit of the General Education department.

The details of the teachers were currently recorded in the Service and Payroll Administrative Repository (Spark). The department of finance has alerted the pre-primary teachers and staff to upload the beginning and ending dates of their contact tenure in Spark, for receiving salaries henceforth.

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