Demand fair deal from government

Aided school managers are on the warpath demanding a fair deal from the government. Blaming the government for taking steps to destroy the aided school system, managers under the banner of the Kerala Private (Aided) School Managers Association have decided to stage a dharna in front of the Collectorate here on November 27.

The association will launch a week-long propaganda campaign beginning Tuesday to augment public support for its cause. Vehicle campaigns will be conducted across the 17 educational sub-districts in Malappuram on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Nazer Edarikode, secretary, said the government was adopting a step-motherly attitude towards aided schools. He said the sector, which constitutes 65 per cent of the public education system, was playing a vital role in supporting the State’s education system.

‘End discrimination’

Kadampuzha Moossa Haji, president, demanded that the government end its discriminatory approach to the aided schools vis-à-vis government schools.

The association demanded that aided primary school headmasters too be exempted from conducting classes. “This is needed for bringing more efficiency to the functioning of schools,” Mr. Nazer said.

He said free uniform should be given to deserving students in the aided schools. Sweepers should be appointed in all aided schools too in order to exempt the students from the responsibility of cleaning the school premises, he said.

The association demanded that government funds be allotted for construction of toilets, setting up of drinking water facilities, and IT equipment in schools in the aided sector.

It also demanded that all teaching and non-teaching employees appointed as per the Kerala Education Rules be normalised and given recognition.

The other demands raised by the aided managers include exemption from Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) for all currently engaged in teaching, recognition for the new higher secondary batches and schools by appointing teachers, streamlining of higher secondary schools by exempting principals from teaching and appointing enough supporting staff, and granting of Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) funds.

The vehicle campaign of the association will begin from Nilambur on Tuesday morning. Nilambur municipal chairman Aryadan Shoukath will inaugurate the campaign by handing over a flag to rally captain Kadampuzha Moossa Haji.

The rally will cover Wandoor, Melattur, Perinthalmanna, Angadipuram and Valanchery on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the rally will cover Edappal, Ponnani, Tirur, Tanur, Parappanangadi and Vengara.

On Thursday, the rally will cover Edavannappara, Kondotty, Kizhissery, Areekode and Manjeri before concluding at Malappuram.

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