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Special Correspondent
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Elementary school teachers employed in government schools in the district staged a demonstration at Palanganatham here on Saturday, pressing for their various demands.

A large number of school teachers handling primary classes participated in the protest which was organised by the district unit of Tamil Nadu Elementary School Teachers’ Federation. They demanded pay scales on a par with Central government. Another demand was to scrap the new Contributory Pension Scheme. The teachers also appealed to the State government to regularise the service of part-time teachers working on consolidated pay in elementary schools. Teacher Eligibility Test should not be the basis for recruitment of school teachers since they were appointed after passing examinations, the teachers said.

While urging the government to conduct teacher transfer counselling in a transparent manner, which included declaring vacancies , the federation urged the government to fill vacancies in elementary schools across the State.

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.

R. Muthukumaran, district president, R. Chellapandian, district secretary, and D. Vijayaparthiban, general council member of All India Primary Teachers’ Federation, were among those who spoke.

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