Kozhikode: The resource teachers who were appointed on contract basis to teach differently abled children are awaiting permanent appointments after 22 years in service, even as their wages were cut short. These teachers were appointed in 2000 on a contract basis for Rs 4,000 a month.
The appointment of the teachers was done with an intention to help differently abled students adapt to academics and other school activities, along with individual education and remedial teaching.
Later, their wages were increased to Rs 28,815 in 2016 after transferring to the SSA project. The High Court had ruled in their favour in 2016, when they approached the court for fixing the wage system and make their appointments permanent.
The High Court asked the state government to appoint the teachers who have qualification and ten years of experience permanently. But the government approached the division bench over the judgement.
Meanwhile, the teachers were transferred to the RMSA and later to the AAK projects. With this, their monthly wages were cut short to Rs 27,500 at first and Rs 25,000 later on. Many of them are continuing in the job even after possessing a general B-Ed as they have crossed the age limit to appear for PSC exams.
As many as 3000 special educators are expecting a move by the state government to end their suffering in view of the Odisha government’s step to permanently appoint around 57,000 contract workers.