More posts of teachers and lab assistants have been demanded by the Kerala Aided Higher Secondary Teachers Association (KAHSTA) in the 181 aided schools that were sanctioned in the northern districts last year by the LDF government.

The State committee at a meeting here recently alleged though the LDF government sanctioned schools ostensibly to make up for the shortage of seats in Plus Two courses, it had not bothered to create teaching posts and posts of lab assistants that were needed for proper functioning of these schools.

Though it was decided at a Cabinet meeting just before the election code of conduct came into effect to create 1,700 teaching posts, the decision was not implemented reportedly because of differences between the Finance and General Education departments. As a result, teachers who were on duty had not been paid even wages of guest lecturers.

The association appealed to the Chief Minister to create teaching posts before the second year Plus Two classes started on June 1.

Concern was also voiced by the association about the composition of the committee that had been authorised to select teachers. “A revised list of government nominees on the committee should be released,” the association demanded.

The State committee demanded 20 days casual leave for Plus Two teachers; committee to rectify anomalies in salary revision; exemption for Principals from teaching assignments; and creation of more teaching posts.

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