Specialist teachers seek protection

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: The Government Specialist Teachers' Association (GSTA) has demanded that the post of specialist teacher be retained and appointments made to fill the posts falling vacant on the retirement of teachers.

A meeting of the Association here on Saturday decided to submit a memorandum to the Government.

The association demanded that the specialist teachers be given protection in their respective schools disregarding the hours of work. Specialist teachers working in high schools should be allowed classes in Standard X.

They also demanded the pay-scale of high school assistants (HSA) for the specialist teachers working in high schools. As the specialist teachers at present have no promotion, allowing a fourth grade was also demanded.

The association demanded that the periods given to Information Technology (IT), slashing down the periods of specialist teachers should be reinstated. The teachers also wanted to include Part -II again in the grading system of the SSLC examination.

Vice-president M.P. Balakrishnan presided over the meeting. V.K. Suresh Babu (Thrissur) and V.K. Prasad (Muvattupuzha) were elected president and general secretary of the association, respectively.