Three months after increasing the salaries of its contractual teachers, the North Corporation has rolled back the hike. Teachers were shocked to receive a circular last week telling them that the hike had been rolled back and the excess amount must be returned.
The issue came up in the House meeting of the corporation on Monday, where councillors demanded that the new order should be withdrawn.
The same House in 2012 had increased the salaries of contractual teachers from Rs. 13,500 to Rs. 23,200 in an attempt to encourage capable teachers to join municipal schools.
The orders were implemented in four of the six zones of North Corporation, where about 900 teachers received the hike from December onwards. They were waiting for February’s salary when the circular was issued.
“The teachers complained to us about how they were being asked to return the money and how the hike has been rolled back. On investigation, we found that a circular has indeed been served without taking permission from the competent authority. The commissioner has said that the new circular will be taken back since his permission was not taken,” said Mahender Nagpal, leader of the House.
The North Corporation has more than 700 schools where about 1400-odd contractual teachers are enrolled.
While City zone, Sadar Paharganj zone, Karol Bagh zone and Narela zone have already started paying the teachers, Rohini zone and Civil Lines zone are yet to implement the orders. Taking a cue from North Corporation, the East Corporation had also decided to increase the contractual teachers’ salaries from April onwards.
“The circular led to confusion among all the teachers who are yet to receive the salary for February. It is ridiculous to ask teachers to return the money. I have never heard of such a thing before,” said a senior official of North Corporation.
According to officials, the new circular was brought out because of confusion between the salary for municipal teachers and Delhi government teachers, who are still being given Rs. 13,500 per month. “The education department thought that they must keep the salary of municipal school teachers at par with that of government teachers,” said an official.