The former Minister writes to Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar urging him to end the ‘unpleasant’ system
The former Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Basavaraj Horatti has urged Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar to put an end to the “unpleasant” system of outsourcing in the teachers’ appointment.
In a letter written to the Chief Minister, a copy of which was released to the media here, Mr. Horatti said that the BJP government had introduced the “unpleasant” system of filling vacant posts of teachers of primary and high schools through outsourcing.
Though there was opposition last year to decision to outsource appointment of teachers, the Education Department had introduced the irrational system of appointing teachers through Astrix Technologies. However the agency to which the appointment was outsourced were discriminating against teachers when it came to paying their salaries.
Mr. Horatti has mentioned in the letter that at the recent review meeting of the Karnataka Development Programme (KDP) at Gadag he was informed about the differential pay being given to the teachers by the agency.
Mr. Horatti said that yet again the Education Department had decided to fill the posts of 8,261 art teachers and physical education teachers through outsourcing and for the same purpose had already floated tenders on August 22.
“It is highly disgraceful that instead of appointing teachers on a permanent basis the government had resorted to outsourcing appointments just as it does for cleaning jobs. This development is an indication that the State government had failed to understand the plight of the unemployed youth”, he said in the letter.
Mr. Horatti said that nearly 1.5 lakh candidates with BA, B.Sc. B.Ed degrees and over 2 lakh D.Ed. candidates were waiting for employment opportunities for several years now. Mr. Horatti urged Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar to instruct the Education Department to appoint teachers on permanent basis.