Around 16,000 guest teachers working with Delhi government schools are likely to soon get fixed monthly salaries instead of daily wages.
At present guest teachers get daily wages in the range of Rs 700-900 per day and have no weekly offs. Teachers have been demanding regularization, fixed salaries and leave benefits.
A committee formed by the Delhi government, to look into the demands of teachers, has recommended fixing the salaries as well as increasing it to the range of Rs 32,000-34,000 per month. It has also recommended providing eight casual leaves and weekly offs to these teachers, a source said.
The committee was headed by principal secretary (finance). The recommendations will now be placed in the Cabinet meeting next week for approval.
Officials said that guest teachers at present do not get weekly off and compensation for government holidays.
“Primary teachers will get monthly salary of Rs 32,200, TGT teachers will get Rs 33,120 and PGT teachers will get Rs 34,100. Till now guest teachers were getting paid on per day basis which was around Rs 17,000 for primary teachers and Rs 20,000 for others,” the source said.
However, the new recommendation, after being approved by the cabinet, will only be applicable on teachers who have qualified Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET). “The rest will get as much money as they are getting now but on a monthly basis. Unlike earlier their salaries will not be deducted due to holidays,” an official said.
Out of the 15,678 teachers teaching in over eleven hundred government schools, 12,048 teachers have qualified CTET. “When they qualify CTET, their salaries will be raised,” the source said.
The government had in August formed a high-level committee to look into the demands of guest teachers.
The move to fix salaries is the latest in the series of steps taken by the government for guest teachers.
In June the government had directed the Directorate of Education (DoE) to reappoint all guest teachers in government schools who were previously removed due to transfer and postings of permanent teachers from July 1.
The government had also announced that guest teachers will be getting an experience certificate for the duration of their service.