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Part-time special teachers seek CM's attention

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Expect an announcement in the ongoing session of the Assembly on regularisation of their service

loud and clear:Part-time special teachers taking out a rally in Tiruchi on Monday. —PHOTO: R.M. RAJARATHINam
loud and clear:Part-time special teachers taking out a rally in Tiruchi on Monday. —PHOTO: R.M. RAJARATHINam

Thousands of part-time special teachers in government middle, high and higher secondary schools, appointed under Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, eagerly expect the Chief Minister to come out with an announcement on their service regularisation in the ongoing session of the Assembly.

The ‘call-attention’ rally they organised here on Monday was meant to convey to the government their plight caused by the meagre remuneration of Rs. 5,000 they receive as consolidated pay, and their working conditions.

Requesting the government to sympathetically consider their plea for posting them in schools in their native districts, particularly within the respective panchayat unions they belong to, the part-time teachers sought inclusion of their names in the service registers.

They brought to the attention of the government the difficulties they faced in receiving their monthly salary paid out of the funds maintained by the village education committees, and wanted the payment to be credited to their individual bank accounts.

They sought creation of special teacher posts in all middle, high and higher secondary schools, and emphasised that they be accorded preference for future vacancies that arise for regular postings.

The part-time teachers are unhappy over going without salary for the month of May every year. Absence of salary for a month, they said, accentuated their financial difficulties. In the event of accidents, the government must permit paid leave, they said, and stressed that their coverage under accident insurance scheme was a vital need.

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