Srinagar: In a significant development, the education department has enhanced the remuneration of contractual lecturers engaged in higher secondary schools and degree colleges for one academic session.
The development comes at a time when the aspirants were demanding enhancement in the remuneration paid to them by the department.
Earlier the school education department used to pay Rs 7000 per month per candidate and the engagement was for one academic year while as contractual lecturers in colleges were paid Rs 18,000 per month.
Now, the school education department has decided to pay monthly remuneration of Rs 14000 per lecturer engaged on contractual basis for one academic session while as the lecturers hired for higher secondary schools in plan areas will be paid Rs 10,500 per month.
“The engagement of contractual lecturers on academic arrangement basis should be for a fixed period limited to academic session only,” reads the order issued by secretary school education department.
As per the orders, the department will re-deploy its teaching staff from surplus areas to deficit areas obviating the need for engaging teaching staff on academic arrangement.
Meanwhile, the higher education department has also ordered for enhancement of the remuneration of the contractual staff engaged in colleges.
As per the orders the contractual lecturers will be paid an amount of Rs 28000 per month instead of previous Rs 18000 while as teaching assistants will be paid an amount of Rs 22,000 per month instead of previous wages Rs 12000.
The move has been welcomed by the aspirants and they have hailed the education minister saying the enhancement in wages has encouraged the candidates to apply for the job.
“It is a welcome step from the government that it felt the need to enhance the monthly wages for us,” a group of candidates who have applied for the job, said.
The education minister who is also holding portfolio of finance department said the decision to enhance the monthly wages of contractual lecturers was under consideration from past many months and was finalized after holding deliberations with the concerned officials.
“Our priority was to encourage the contractual staff posted on far off areas so that they will join their duties with utmost interest and teach students in schools,” he said, adding that schools in far off areas were facing dearth of permanent lecturers, talking a toll on academics of the students.