SRINAGAR: A high level delegation of School Education Employees’ Coordination Committee led by its president Dr Manzoor Ahmad met the Advisor to Governor Khursheed Ahmad Ganaie at his Church Lane Office to discuss several issues, a statement issued by the Committee said.
In the meeting which lasted for close to two hours, almost all the issues faced by the employees’ of School Education Department were discussed, the statement said.
The delegation presented a 22-point memorandum to Advisor and undertook a threadbare discussion on each and every point raised in the memorandum.
According to the statement, several issues concerning the employees of school education department were highlighted in the memorandum, which include:
1. There is a disproportionate Pupil Teacher Ratio in many schools of the valley. There are instances where a few teachers are catering to a huge roll whereas there are schools which are enjoying surplus staff. Undertaking a rationalisation exercise is the need of the hour. Till the time a full-fledged rationalisation exercise is undertaken, the department needs to arrange teachers on academic arrangement/need basis to ensure equitable distribution of staff in needy schools. A clear cut transfer policy also needs to be framed.
2. Infrastructure upgradation/augmentation in schools needs to be undertaken on priority basis. In order to achieve optimum success, the exercise needs to be kick started sooner than later.
3. Starting job oriented courses at secondary level like Fisheries, Sericulture, Tourism, Public Administration etc.
4. Filling up the vacancies of CEOs, DEPOs, DIET Principals, DIET HODs, Principals, ZEOs, ZEPOs, Headmasters, Non-teaching and other allied staff.
5. A fair number of lecturer posts are lying vacant which acts as an impediment in the smooth functioning of schools. There is a dire need to fill up these vacant posts. Kindly, take up the matter with the concerned quarters. It is hoped that in the interim lecturers are engaged on contractual basis so that the academic session does not suffer any further.
6. Joint Directors who act as vital cogs in the smooth functioning of the department need to be empowered further. In addition to this, creation of ministerial staff posts for J.D offices has become the need of the hour.
7. Creation of Teachers Welfare Fund – the file of which has already been submitted to the administrative department by DSEK.
8. Delay in committee report constituted by Commissioner Secretary School Education with regard to the genuine concerns of plus two fraternity vis-à-vis Time Bound Promotion/Running Grade, Notional Effect, Revocation of SRO-202, Placement of lecturers as senior lecturers.
9. Adjustment of erstwhile SSA head teachers on substantive posts on a fast track basis and release of 7th pay commission arrears due from 01/01/2016 in their favour.
10. Release of pending salaries in favour of erstwhile SSA teachers and head-teachers. It is pertinent to mention here that the salary for the months of January and February in favour of erstwhile SSA teachers and as many as four months (January, February, March and April) in favour of erstwhile SSA head-teachers stands unreleased as on date.
11. Rehbar-e-Taleem teachers who have completed the honorarium period of five years are awaiting regularization from a pretty long time. These teachers are in a mental trauma as they are awaiting regularization from 5-7 years. It is urged that these teachers be regularized and subsequently converted to “Teacher Grade-II”.
12. Conversion of erstwhile SSA teachers who have enhanced/improved their qualification after Higher Secondary Part II, those who are undergraduate and those who are undergraduate and have undergone the course of D.Ed through the department to “Grade-II teachers”.
13. Inclusion of service rendered by migrant substitute employees’ working in School Education Department in their service records.
14. Removal of pay disparity in the pre-revised pay grade of 6500-10500.
15. Leave salary benefits to the teachers engaged in winter tutorials, math learning schools and Super 50 centres which is pending since its inception in 2016-17.
16. Enhancement of remuneration of cooks.
17. Confirmation of 2014 batch of masters.
18. Follow up of confirmation of gazetted cadre.
19. Confirmation of head assistants.
20. Promotion of non-teaching cadre viz Junior Assistants, Senior Assistants, Head Assistants etc.
21. Disposal of time bound promotion cases.
22. Providing “Mufassil Allowance” to the employees posted in far flung areas.
The advisor intently listened to the issues raised and assured the delegation that these issues would be taken up on a fast track basis, the statement said.
In this regard, the advisor has sought a meeting with Commissioner Secretary Education on the 17th of this month.