Conversion process dawdling

Conversion process dawdling

Convener of Association of Concerned and Informed Citizens of Mysore M Lakshmana alleged that Government is delaying the process of converting unaided schools into aided.

Addressing a press meet here on Sunday, he said, responding to hunger strike by teachers of unaided schools, the State government in February this year passed order to convert 784 unaided schools among 1950 into aided.

But since three months not more than 21 files among 784 is processed. “If the process continues to creep, it would take around four years for completing the process.”

Urging for early dispatch of files and to complete the process within three months, he said that the management of the most unaided schools in the list of conversion have already stopped disbursing salary to teachers, because of which teachers are facing trouble without the salary from schools nor aid from the government.

Transfer counselling

He further alleged that teachers were not provided proper information regarding transfer counseling and existence of irregularities in process. Instead of putting the list of vacancies on notice boards, teachers were told to refer website. “They were even put to confusion about the documents to be carried during counseling because of which more than 80 teachers are deprived of counseling this year.”

Lakshmana said cut off date for promotion (assistant teacher to headteacher) of general category candidates which was till 1984 had been extended till 1985.
But the cut off date for ST candidates which was earlier 1994 has remained the same which should be extended.

Recruitment

He said according to orders passed in 2010 regarding promotion of assistant teachers into headteachers and recruitment of new teachers, the process should proceed in the ratio of 75:25 (1:3), which the education department is not following.

For every new recruitment of headteacher through KES exam, three assistant teachers should be promoted as high school headteachers. But the department has recruited 538 new headteachers in 2010 and 629 in 2011, but for the year of 2010, while the promotion is not done, in 2011, 471 promotions are done in the place of 1887 according to ratio.

Separate pay commission

Education expert Chandrashekar, urged for separate pay commission for teachers as the official pay committee of 2011 in chapter 4.9 of its report has said that it cannot rectify the limitations and has instructed the government to rectify the problems by itself.
Despite heavy work burden, they are deprived of an appropriate salary.

Citing example of wage in police department according to qualification and designation, he said teachers with higher qualification are unpaid on par for their designations.

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