Jamshedpur : Joining their counterparts in Ranchi, para teachers from East Singhbhum today protested demanding regularisation of their services and salary hike. The para teachers have been demanding regularisation of services, Rs 20,000 as minimum honourarium and other facilities at par with regular government teachers.
Some of the para teachers said that they had informed the district education department about the mass leave today. “We had sent a letter to the district superintendent of education (DSE), East Singhbhum on Aug 24 informing about the mass leave. As a result they should have taken necessary steps but as we got to know there were many schools that were closed,” said a para teacher who has joined the agitation in Ranchi.
“The chief minister had promised that they would take step for regularisation of para-teachers across the state within a month but no step has been taken so far. We will continue to campaign in favour of our demands,” alleged Sumit Tiwary.
District superintendent of education Indu Bhusan said that regularisation of their job was a statewide issue and they should have not planned an agitation before chief minister’s city residence.
“Para-teachers from Seraikela-Kharsawan and West Singhbhum have also agreed to join our agitation. We submitted a memorandum addressed to state chief secretary, through East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal raising our demands on the issue. A delegation of para-teachers will also be meeting chief secretary and state HRD minister and apprise them about our demands,” said a functionary.
The para-teachers who are already teaching in class 1 – 5 at state schools after regularization of their job as primary teachers will get good salary and other government service benefits. There more than 800 primary teachers post vacant in the district. The large number of absence of teachers are affecting studies in government schools across the district.