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They stage demonstration in support of their demand

Memorandum submitted to Prime Minister, Governor

Union Government criticised for not removing illiteracy

BANGALORE: Members of the Bangalore University College Teachers Association on Wednesday staged a demonstration here demanding the constitution of a pay commission for teachers and lecturers working in all the universities across the country.

In a memorandum to be submitted to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Governor Rameshwar Thakur on Thursday, the association said that the members celebrated Teachers Day as Demands Day criticising the Union Government for the lack of thrust in removing illiteracy, reducing dropout rate and ensuring full retention of students in the primary and secondary levels.

The memorandum said that measures to ensure a minimum of 20 per cent intake of youth in higher education and to provide quality education for all students be initiated.

The terms of reference for the Pay Commission, the association said, should contain uniform pay scales and service conditions in all streams. Librarians, accompanists, tabla players, coaches, demonstrators and tutors should be treated as teachers as directed by the courts.

Association president K.G. Lokesh said that the Union Government had constituted the Sixth Pay Commission for its employees, but no such decision had been taken with regard to college teachers and lecturers.

The other demands were interim relief for all teachers, allocation of six per cent of GDP for education, gradually increasing it to 10 per cent, legislation making education for children up to 14 a fundamental right and to impart education through common school system and merging 50 per cent of dearness allowance in basic pay.

Now, the share for education is 4.25 per cent of the GDP.

He demanded the setting up of a National Commission for Education on the pattern of the Kothari Commission, evolving a national policy of education as it was overdue.

He urged for reviewing the functioning of the Knowledge Commission and probably close it.