Ending a near decade-long struggle, more than 19,000 government school teachers across the State who were appointed for handling middle and high school classes on a temporary basis, have now been made permanent and their salary will be on a par with that of regular teachers, official sources stated.
A School Education Department order stated that as per the announcement made in the Tamil Nadu Assembly during the demand for grants session, a total of 19,427 teachers, who have been appointed since 2007-2008, were given permanent appointment orders.
Accordingly, a committee comprising authorities of the Directorate of School Education had shortlisted deserving teachers and sent a report to the government. Based on the report, the government has issued the aforementioned orders. Earlier, the services of temporary teachers were stretched every three months by giving an extension letter.
A senior official from the Education department also said sometimes in rural areas, many temporary teachers had faced a problem in getting the extension letters every three months, and therefore, the distribution of salaries was also delayed.
Pointing out that the temporary teachers had in the past made several representations on a regular basis to the government for making them permanent, the official said, “It was also one of the factors for the government to have considered their request”. “From now onwards, the salaries of these teachers will be on a par with regular teaching staff working in the government schools,” the official added.
The official said that the government had recently recruited more than 2,400 temporary teachers, at a consolidated salary of Rs 10,000 per month, for high and higher secondary schools across the State. “These teachers will be engaged from August till December only,” the official said. “However, the government does not have any plan to make these teachers, who were recruited recently on a contract basis, permanent”, the official added.
The official said that between 2011-12 and 2018-19, the Tamil Nadu Teachers Recruitment Board had completed the task of recruiting more than 45,000 staff under various categories.