Entrusted with the work to frame the foundation of society, as many as 10,666 Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan school teachers in Punjab have not been paid salaries for the last six months.
Even pay to these teachers upto the month of November 2016 were released in March this year. This not only raises a big question on various political parties ruling Punjab but removes the veil over our worsening education system.
Non-Payment of salaries to Punjab teachers affecting results
Non-payment of salaries to school teachers of Punjab in time has been reflecting poorly on the school results since years. This year, the 12th class results declared by the Punjab School Education Board remained 62.36 percent. This is the lowest result in the last three years. At the same time, in the 10th class results declared by the Punjab School Education Board on May 24 pass percentage remained 57.50. Teachers employed under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan get their pay from the funds released by the state government as well as the Central government. The state government has to share the burden of 35 percent of total salary amount.
Punjab school teachers without pay taking loans
Reeling under the continously increasing debt that has reached around Rs. 1.25 lakh crore, Punjab government has not been able to ensure that the teachers are paid in time. Ultimately, delay in payment of salaries to teachers is resulting in hitting the backbone of the education sytem. What to talk of preparing skilled manpower from our schools, teachers have not been able to ensure that students get knowledge of the mandatory subjects as desired.
It has been widely report by the media from various parts of Punjab time and again that teachers have been compelled by the government to resort to taking loans from banks or private lenders for their sustainance.
Punjab teachers without salaries forced to protest
The delay in release of pay to teachers also results in teachers taking less interest in teaching, remaining more on leave and indulging in private tuitions to their students. Also, it is not an unknown fact that most of the time teachers could be seen agitating in Punjab for one reason or the other. In the past, some of the teachers have also resorted to climb on water tanks or mobile towers.
Source : indiatoday.intoday.in