But decide not to sign attendance register or take salary
Teachers of government schools which have not been functioning in Telangana for the past 31 days due to the general strike will work half a day without either signing attendance registers or taking salary.
This was decided at the meeting of Telangana Teachers Joint Action Committee (TT-JAC) here on Sunday. The date for the teachers to start working half a day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. would be decided at another meeting of the committee on Monday.
Poola Ravinder, chairman of the committee, told The Hindu that the decision was taken keeping in view of studies of children which were affected on account of the strike. Moreover, the teachers were under pressure from parents to resume class work.
The meeting also took into account the withdrawal of strike by APSRTC staff and lack of response from the Central government to the demand for separate State while arriving at the decision. The strike by teachers, however, would continue, Mr. Ravinder added.
Teacher MLCs B. Mohan Reddy and K. Janardhan Reddy and representatives of 24 teacher organisations were present. The teachers were complimented for not drawing salary for one full month. To ensure that the teachers did not sign registers, it was decided to place the books in the offices of education authorities at mandal and district levels. Meanwhile, the AP Parents' Association Coordination Committee appealed to government to take steps for smooth running of schools and colleges. It also urged the agitating organisations to exempt educational institutions from strike as a good number of academic days were also lost.
Meanwhile, Minister for Secondary Education K. Parthasarathi thanked the TT-JAC for calling off their strike in the interests of students.