Edu Minister Sisodia writes to L-G over guest teachers strike
NEW DELHI: In a letter to the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Deputy Chief Minister asserted that as the education minister of Delhi he did not know how many teachers would be present on Wednesday in the government schools as the Guest Teachers who comprise of 38 per cent of the whole teachers' strength in Delhi are in protest against the non-regularisation issue. The government convened an emergency cabinet meeting on Wednesday to resolve the issue. "Are you aware that the 22,000 Guest Teachers who are on the street now constitute 38 per cent of all teachers currently posted in the Schools of Delhi Government?" wrote the education minister.
He also asked that, since March 1, 2019, the schools are functioning without the services of these teachers at the time when annual exams are going on in the schools including the board exams of Class 10 and 12? "This is the month when apart from exams, teachers are required to check the answer sheets, prepare results, share it with students and their parents and get ready for the next academic session starting from April 1? And you expect that the remaining 62 per cent teachers would be able to do it on their own," asked Deputy CM Sisodia.
He also said that the new academic session would commence from April 1, 2019, and without these 22,000 Guest Teachers, the government schools would not be able to meet the educational requirement of its about 15 lakhs children. "These 22,000 Guest teachers were inducted following an open and transparent process in accordance with the provision of the Constitution of India," he said. Deputy CM further noted that the Directorate of Education has been availing their services continuously over the last so many years. The Government has also invested in strengthening their capacities by involving them in regular training. Their qualification and experience is an asset to our students and it is with their support that the schools of Delhi have been performing better than the private schools for the last few years.
Deputy CM also wrote that the Haryana Government recently passed a bill on guest teacher regularisation. "A bill on almost similar lines was passed by Delhi Assembly in 2017. It is still awaiting your consent. Hope you will appreciate that the guest teacher in Delhi should be treated at par with the Guest teachers in Haryana," noted education minister Sisodia.