Move for privatisation and `concept schools' criticised
Apprentice teachers on permanent consolidated payLack of increment leaves teachers in the lurch
NIZAMABAD: Senior leader of the Democratic Teachers' Federation and MLC candidate G. Ampaiah has criticised the Government for failing to implement its promise made to the apprentice teachers.
The apprentice system continuing in education sector since 1994 was "nothing but slavery" as they had to work for two years on consolidated payment. The assurances that notional increments would be given for consolidated service period had gone with the wind, leaving scores of teachers to lurch.
Alleging that the Government, while surpassing the stage of rationalisation of services and school -mapping as part of its privatisation agenda was closing schools in the name of mergers and introducing concept schools.
The "concept" of concept schools indicated the "commercial attitude" of the Government, he said.
Mr. Ampaiah said the concept schools would distance education from the poor students and weaken the Government residential schools which earlier were formed to provide better education.
Calling for a united fight to achieve common service rules, DTF district president P. Santhan, felt that the petition for implementation of CSR was quashed by the High Court due to the negligence and "dilatory tactics" of the Government.
He said teachers would not keep silent until their demand was met.
The DTF leaders were addressing the dharna staged in front of the Collectorate here on Friday to press for their demands. TNGOs' secretary Prabhakar, STU leaders P. Balachandram, UTF district general secretary M.V. Someswarlu, TRTU leader Vithal Rao, APTG leader Sai Prasad, PDSU district president Goutham Prasad, JAC general secretary Ravinder also addressed the dharna.