Move to appoint teachers on contractual basis on 4,445 posts
Aided teachers to move high court
Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, July 12
The Punjab State Aided School Teachers’ and Other Employees’ Union shall be moving the court in protest following the state government’s decision of appointment of contractual teachers on 4,445 posts in aided schools in the course of the coming four years.
Stating this, district unit president Arvind Bains and PRO Manish Aggarwal said the government’s newly formulated policy on aided schools had come like a nail in the coffin for aided schools, which were already in a bad position.
They said disregarding the employees’ demand for a merger, the government had decided to fill 1,100 posts per year on a contractual basis. But the union would challenge the decision and would vehemently protest against it with the first step being getting a stay on the decision by moving the HC. The government had decided to fill 1,100 posts per year (25 per cent of 4,445) on a contractual basis for four years. The policy also reduced the government share in the salary grants of aided school employees from 95:5 to 80:30.
They said the decision was against aided schools.
“While the government is at present unable to give salaries and other benefits to employees who are currently working, committees under which the employees are working are already able to contribute their five per cent share with great difficulty. Thirty per cent would overburden them and it would be difficult to arrange salaries for newly hired employees. We are already short of various benefits, which are being given to government schools but not to us. The new grant ratio will increase disparity,” said Aggarwal.
Members of the union said the government’s decision had also been unjust to unaided employees in the state. While they had formerly been pivotal in keeping aided schools functioning smoothly, the union condemned the government for not formulating any policy for these employees who would be rendered jobless because their TET was not cleared.
The union said due to the aided schools being left out of government scholarships like the Hargobind Khurana Scholarship, Mai Bhago Scheme, Meritorious School, etc.). the number of students in aided schools was constantly decreasing.
They said by finalising the present decision, the government had turned back on promises made to aided schools.