'Basic Rights Violated in Unaided Schools in the State' - The New Indian Express

'Basic Rights Violated in Unaided Schools in the State'

Published: 07th January 2014 08:40 AM

Last Updated: 07th January 2014 08:40 AM

M D Manoj, a teacher who had worked with a reputed unaided school in Thrissur, says, “Although I was promised the same salary as in the government sector, after one year probation period I was given only `4,000 a month. I quit the job thereafter and joined another school.

“There I had to face another kind of humiliation and had to leave in just three days. In the orientation classes, they said my speeches were more than attractive and it could lure unmarried and divorcee women teachers,” said Manoj, who now works as a guest teacher in a government school.

Further, the schools management’s decision to pay the staff miserly comes at a time when managements are reaping huge profits.

They are siphoning off money from parents in the name of tuition fee, special fee, exam celebration, smart class, computer fee, PTA etc.

The fee structure of an unaided school in Kozhikode shows that it draws an average of `2,616 from a KG student on a monthly basis, whereas the amount reaches `5,500 when it comes to a Plus-2 science student.

Venu Kakkattil, secretary of Kerala Unaided School Teachers Staff Union (KUSTU), says, “The human development index of Kerala is lauded everywhere, but the same is not seen in the unaided sector. It has become one of the most profitable business in the state at the cost of exploitation of employees and parents. In many private schools basic human rights are violated including working hours, salary, dismissals without prior notice etc.”

While the average salary of unaided teachers in the state is `5,000, it is between `10,000 to `16,000 in the neighbouring states. Nevertheless there is no space for registering a complaint as teachers always work on the constant fear of job loss, he said.

 (To be concluded)

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