Staff Correspondent

MYSORE: The Mysore District Public Instruction Department Employees' Struggle Committee has renewed its demand for eviction of Jnanabuthi, a service organisation, from the premises of the New Type Model School (NTMS) on Narayan Shastri Road here.

Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, president of the committee A.M. Ramesh said the government had issued an order for eviction of Jnanabuthi from the NTMS premises after a rally was taken out by employees of the Education Department in December 2005.

"Though a Government Order has been issued, no efforts have been made by the authorities to evict Jnanabuthi from the premises of a government higher primary school," he said.

The committee said the Government should shift the office of the Deputy Director of Public Instruction (DDPI) from its current location in N.R. Mohalla to the NTMS premises. "The DDPI's office is not only in a poor condition and lacking basic facilities, but it is located far from the city. It should be shifted to the heart of the city," he said.

The Government should introduce a system of counselling while deciding transfers of school teachers, he said. A system of counselling under which teachers can opt for their place of posting should be started, he said

He appealed to the Government to stop introducing eight standard in higher primary schools.

Mr. Ramesh said the Government should bring the permanently unaided schools in the State under the purview of Government aid. The ex-gratia of Rs. 200 announced by the Government for high school teachers should be disbursed immediately, he said.

Mr. Ramesh congratulated the Government for meeting several of the committee's demands after the December 2005 rally. "After the rally, zilla panchayats have taken steps to release salaries to teachers on time. The Government has dropped the proposal to withhold the annual increment of teachers, who defied the Government during the evaluation of SSLC manuscripts," he said.