Bhaderwah : The private school teachers are not able to meet the monthly expenses of their families for the last three months.
“Last these months have been testing time for my family. I am the only one in the family who is earning. But for the last three months I have not received my salary though we are regularly teaching kids online,” said one of the teachers.
Another teacher at a private school said he too wasn’t paid any salary since March and didn’t have any other mean of livelihood.
“I was paid Rs 9000 per month but since March we have been working without salaries. My father used to work as a street vendor but Covid lockdown has left him without work for months now,” the teacher said.
His another colleague in the school confirmed that they still hadn’t received their salaries.
“Believe me, we are working equal if not more even while being at home. We have online classes, this and that meeting without any specific timing. I mean sometimes I start my day at 9 am and end at 9pm,” he said.
Another private school teacher wishing anonymity said he had to borrow money to meet his expenses. “Private school teachers have no job security. We are overburdened with work but are paid peanuts. To make things worse, we are not paid on time. We too have a family to feed,” he said.
These are not isolated cases. Thousands of teachers are working hard but they have not been paid salaries for months now.
Private School Association, President admitted that the teachers and non-teaching staff have not been paid.
“We are well aware of the situation. Teachers need not to worry. We urge parents to pay the fee so that teachers are also paid. For underprivileged children who have no source of income, the association will help them in the best possible way,” he said.
Principal Secretary to government education department Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon said private schools need to pay salaries because their teachers are working hard.
“Parents have to pay tuition fees so that teachers will also get their salaries. However, annual charges and other fees should not be charged from the children,” he said.
Regard Sajid Ali social activist from Mendhar