J Jawaregowda, president of the district unit of the Association told reporters on Thursday that the head masters in the primary schools were burdened with multiple roles and responsibilities. But, the remuneration paid for the work delivered on all fronts has been meagre. Apart from being a teacher and carrying out lessons, a headmaster has to look after mid-day meals, forming SDMC’s, supervision of civil works if any being carried out in schools. Infact, the teachers are engaged more in other works rather doing their job as a teacher and administration of the schools. Amid these, the constant interference and pressure from the political lobbies for the constitution of SDMC’s.
Citing that the neighbouring States like Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh are paying more for promotee head masters and teachers, Gowda urged the Government to fix a separate pay scale for them. The head masters should also be allowed to maintain the service books of their staff so that the teachers worked more diligently and obediently.
“Of late, the primary school headmasters are undergoing lot of physical and mental stress in carrying out the duties assigned by the Government which is taking toll of them. Need of the hour was to fix proper remuneration for them.
He also demanded extending paid leave benefits for promotee headmasters.