Number of teachers in city has decreased by 60 per cent in the past seven years
The number of Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) teachers working in city government schools has dipped by about 60 per cent since 2005,when the first lot was recruited. Also,the UT Education Department has not filled any of these vacant posts in the last seven years.
As per the Ministry of Human Resource Developments (MHRD) guidelines,these teachers are to be appointed on a regular basis and treated at par with regular teachers working in city government schools. However,the recruitments of all of these 1,100 teachers have been made on contractual basis.
Sources say that the key reason for the consistent decline in the number of teachers is lack of job security among them. The Department has long been promising their regularisation,however,no developments have been made so far.
We have been demanding the regularisation of our teachers since last six years. Our teachers are equally qualified and working at par with the regular teachers. However,they are not being entitled to any of the benefits availed by other teachers,MHRDs approval over the regularisation, said Arvind Rana,president of SSA teachers association.
A total of 1,100 SSA teachers had been recruited under posts of Junior Basic Teachers (JBT) and Trained Graduate Teachers (TGT) by the UT Education Department between 2005 and 2009. However,there are only 487 SSA teachers working in Chandigarh government schools as on date.
SSAs Executive Committee had considered the proposal for the regularisation of teachers by SSA society in 2009. The proposal was again tabled in the Executive Committee meeting in August last year.
When contacted,DPI (Schools) Sandeep Hans,who is also State Project Director for SSA,said,Regularisation is a policy decision. Such decision take time to come into effect. Our committee has approved the SSA societys proposal. We now need the UT Governors approval.
As per SSA guidelines,one of the key purposes for recruitment of these teachers is to balance out the pupil-teacher ratio in any state. The benefits entitled to regular teachers include provision of provident fund,house rent allowance,medical facilities,earned leaves and routine salary increments.