In a surprise development, the Tamil Nadu government on Friday distributed salaries to 1,500 teachers from government-aided schools across the state, who were on pay cut since April this year for not clearing the Teacher's Eligibility Test (TET) even after seven years.
Salaries have been withheld for about 1,500 teachers from government aided schools across Tamil Nadu for not completing Teacher's Eligibility Test (TET) even after seven years of grace time. However, the teachers were given another final chance to clear TET, which was held recently.
Still almost all the 1,500 teachers, who are facing pay cut, could not clear the Teacher's Eligibility Test and facing an uncertain future.
A senior official from the School Education Department told DT Next that teachers had not taken the issue of clearing the TET, which is mandatory, even after their salaries were cut from April 2019.
"Nevertheless, as per the advice from the labour authorities, it has been decided to disburse the salaries since all the 1,500 teachers have discharged their duties though they could not crack the TET exam,” he said.
The official also made it clear that though the salaries will be distributed in a few days, the further course of action against those teachers, who failed to clear the Teacher's Eligibility Test, will be taken to task as per the norms, by this month itself.
Meanwhile, many affected teachers complained that they did not receive their full salaries but only a part of it.
K Suresh, a teacher from a government-aided school in Nanganallur, said, "I received my salaries only for the month of April and May. The official, who is in charge of distributing salary, told me that the pending payments will be given during the first week of August.”
Apart from that, the teachers in the district areas of the State, complained that they are yet to receive their amount, as the officials claimed that they did not receive any order from the department concerned.
Stating that about Rs six crore must be reimbursed as the pending salaries to the government teachers, the Education Department official said that such a huge amount cannot be generated in a single day and that funds are being arranged and the pending amount will be disbursed shortly.