Nagpur: Vocational Teachers Association (VTA) has taken out a protest march on Monday regarding many issues pending for the last seven years. The protesters have also demanded the setting up of a committee to investigate corruption in the vocational education scheme under Samagra Shiksha.
Even during an exclusive conversation with TOI, Vocational Teachers’ Association treasurer Anukesh Matkar said, According to the new guidelines of the Center, the School Education Department should implement this scheme and stop privatization of the education sector.
He further added, “But on the contrary, our state government has awarded the tender to run Management Information System (MIS) to the firm Lend-a-Hand, which is also accused of data theft. Instead of implementing the MIS through Lend-a-Hand’s private app, it should be implemented through the ‘SARAL’ portal the government.
The Vocational Teachers’ Association is also seeking to verify the CSR funds received by Lend-a-Hand by submitting the data of the scheme.
The teachers were also very angry as they had arrears for the last six months as well. “Earlier, we were paid for a full year, but in 2018 it was reduced to ten months. Our wages were also reduced from Rs 20,000 to Rs 15,000, adding to the thirteenth month of our drought,” Anukesh Matkar said.
The Treasurer pointed to another important issue and said, The maternity leave of teachers has also been canceled. So, if a female faculty asks for the same, she gets a termination letter.
Around 1,200 teachers from across Maharashtra participated
Teachers have also not been given 8 months’ salary at the time of the coronavirus. The protesters also insisted on ‘Equal Work, Equal Pay, Equal Position’.
“We should be unconditionally inducted into government service like full-time teachers teaching the same syllabus,” Anukesh Matkar said.
Around 1,200 teachers from across Maharashtra participated in this rally. A delegation of the Vocational Teachers’ Association also met the Education Minister on Monday.