They demand abolition of contributory pension scheme, Teachers Eligibility Test and revival of old insurance scheme
: Members of the Tamil Nadu Elementary School Teachers’ Federation staged a daylong protest demonstration here on Saturday, pressing a charter of demands, including revision of pay scales on a par with their central government counterparts and abolition of Teachers Eligibility Test (TET).
Boycotting the Cluster Resource Centre (CRC) training programme, scheduled for Saturday, a large number of elementary school teachers, including women took part in the agitation, organised as part of the state-wide stir.
Federation district secretary and state treasurer A. Tamilselvan said about 2,800 teachers in the district took part in the agitation, pressing a seven-point charter of demands, including central scale of pay, abolition of contributory pension scheme, TET and revival of old insurance scheme.
Flaying the TET system, he said only those who passed the plus two examinations with 50 per cent marks were admitted to the Teacher Training Institutes and they pass out by securing 50 per cent of marks.
Subjecting them again to an eligibility test was totally unwarranted, he said.
While the fresh graduates could clear the TET with ease, those who had completed their studies 10 years ago, were finding it difficult, he said and demanded the revival of the old system of teachers recruitment based on seniority.
He said the teachers were forced to boycott the CRC training as it clashed with the agitation date.
The federation had appealed to the authorities to hold the CRC training on some other day, stating that the agitation date was fixed long back, but they refused to change, he said.
Members of the Federation of Primary School Teachers’ Associations staged a demonstration here on Saturday. They sought payment of arrears to teachers since 2006. A similar demonstration for the same demands was staged in Theni.
Elementary school teachers of government schools in the district staged a demonstration at Palanganatham on Saturday pressing their demands.
C.Sahadevan, former State president, Tamil Nadu Elementary School Teachers Federation, inaugurated the dharna and addressed the teachers. R. Muthukumaran, federation’s district president, R.Chellapandian, district secretary and D.Vijayaparthiban, general council member of All India Primary Teachers Federation, were among those who spoke.
In the dharna organised at Jawahar Grounds, Palayamkottai, 120 teachers, including 50 women protestors, participated. District president of the association, Balasubramanian, presided over the agitation, in which office-bearers Dharmaraj Franklin, Wilson Barnabas, Siva Nakkeeran and others spoke.
M. Sivan, district secretary of the federation, said remuneration of secondary grade teachers of elementary schools should follow the Central pay scale. P. Jeevan, district secretary, presided.