Over 900 guest teachers at Maulana Azad Model Schools go without salary for four months

According to officials, the issue is being discussed with the Finance Department

January 07, 2024 08:26 pm | Updated January 14, 2024 11:15 pm IST - Bengaluru

The Maulana Azad Model Schools, run by the Minority Welfare Department for students of the minority communities, were started by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in 2017-18.

The Maulana Azad Model Schools, run by the Minority Welfare Department for students of the minority communities, were started by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in 2017-18.

Over 900 guest teachers at Maulana Azad Model Schools have not received their salary for over four months now. This is owing to fund crunch in the Minority Welfare Department and administrative issues with the Finance Department.

The Maulana Azad Model Schools, run by the Minority Welfare Department for students of the minority communities, started by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in 2017-18, have been mired in multiple administrative tangles and lack of funds.

The Hindu in December 2023 reported that with less than four months for the academic year to end, students of these schools had not received uniforms. Though the supply of uniforms has begun, not all schools have got them yet. 

This comes even as Mr. Siddaramaiah recently sought a ₹1,000 crore action plan for the development of minority-dominated localities in the State, drawing the ire of the Bharatiya Janata Party. 

Started in 2017-18

The State government started 100 Maulana Azad Model Schools in 2017-18 for which the Finance Department approved 700 teaching posts, including 100 headmasters and guest faculty members.

However, the department did not approve any teaching posts at another 100 schools started in 2018-19. Nevertheless, the Minority Welfare Department went ahead and recruited 929 guest teachers, including headmasters, for these 100 schools and has been running them since then, paying their salaries out of its own funds.

However, owing to a fund crunch in the department, these 929 guest teachers, whose postings have not been approved by the Finance Department, have not been getting their salary for over four months now.

“Our life is dependent on this monthly remuneration with no other source of income. We haven’t got our salaries for the past four months now. We are not aware as to why we haven’t got our salary. We appeal to the government to release our salary immediately,” said one of the guest teachers. 

Talks with Finance Dept.

Jeelani H. Mokashi, Director, Directorate of Minorities, said that administrative issues with the Finance Department were being resolved and added that the guest teachers would get their salary soon. 

“The Maulana Azad Model Schools, which were started during Mr. Siddaramaiah’s previous tenure, were completely neglected during the BJP regime. It is unfortunate that these schools continue to be dogged by fund crunch and apathy even after Mr. Siddaramaiah has come back to power. We hope that he gives attention to the issues plaguing these schools,” said Chand Pasha, advocate and social activist from Ramanagara.

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