MORE THAN 300 teachers of government-aided junior colleges in the city have been awaiting approval for recruitments and hence are working without salaries since 2012. Many of these teachers, around 150 of them, protested against the government’s ‘apathy’ towards teachers and their rights at Azad Maidan on Tuesday.
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Led by the Mumbai Regional Junior College Teachers’ Organisation (MRJCTO), the teachers demanded the approval of their appointments and salaries. “Most of these teachers have been working without salaries. In some cases the college management pays Rs 4,000 to Rs 5,000 occasionally and the teachers have to take up alternative jobs to make do,” said Anil Deshmukh, General Secretary of MRJCTO. If their posts are approved and they are inducted to the pay scale, the teachers will get Rs 40,000 a month, said Deshmukh.
The teachers demanded that anomalies in the online staff approval schedule be rectified. Other demands include disbursal of salaries of 314 teachers whose posts are approved. They said they will intensify their protest if their demands are not met within the next month-and-a-half.
The teachers said that while Education Minister Vinod Tawde had assured them of relief, the promised measures had not been implemented yet. While Tawde was unavailable for comment, deputy director of education BB Chavan said there were no vacancies to absorb the teachers. “The protesting teachers are working in unapproved posts and hence they are not eligible for salary from the government,” said Chavan.