They want the State government to drop Teachers Eligibility Test, among other demands
Pressing for a charter of demands, members belonging to the Tamil Nadu Elementary School Teachers Federation staged a dharna on Palayamkottai Road here on Saturday.
M. Sivan, district secretary of the federation, said remuneration of secondary grade teachers of elementary schools should follow the Central pay scale.
Expressing concern over the Sixth Pay Commission fixing the basic pay at a low grade, he appealed to the State government not to abide by this pay structure. He urged the State to scrap the existing Teachers Eligibility Test and recruit teachers based on their seniority.
During counselling of teachers, procedures had not been implemented properly and irregularities had surfaced during the transfer process, he claimed. He wanted the contributory pension scheme to be replaced with the pension scheme .The government should ensure that existing vacancies for Tamil and History teachers in elementary schools are duly filled. Similarly, vacancies in the Department of Education in various districts should be filled, he added. P. Jeevan, district secretary, presided over the agitation.
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.
In the demonstration staged here, the members sought payment of arrears to teachers since 2006, job regularisation to temporary teaching staff in government schools, cancellation of TRB examinations for recruitment of teachers and restoration of the old system of seniority-based recruitment. A similar demonstration was also staged in Theni.
A large number of school teachers handling primary classes participated in the protest here. The teachers also appealed to the State government to regularise the service of part-time teachers working on consolidated pay in elementary schools. They demanded further that secondary grade teachers from SC/ST communities who were working in elementary schools should be promoted as graduate-level teachers. The premium collected from teachers for the health insurance scheme must be reduced, they insisted.
C. Sahadevan, former State president, Tamil Nadu Elementary School Teachers Federation, inaugurated the protest and addressed the teachers.