HC relief for 34 members of St Xavier’s School staff
In major relief for 34 staff members of St Xavier’s School at Neral, the Bombay high court has directed the school management to pay them salary in the pay scales as recommended by the sixth Pay Commission.mumbai Updated: May 19, 2013 01:39 IST
In major relief for 34 staff members of St Xavier’s School at Neral, the Bombay high court has directed the school management to pay them salary in the pay scales as recommended by the sixth Pay Commission.
The division bench of chief justice Mohit Shah and justice MS Sanklecha issued the interim order on May 9 primarily in view of the fact that the school is unaided and the parents of the 6,000 students are willing to share the additional burden of revising salaries.
The bench has directed the school to make the revised pay scale applicable to all staff members with retrospective effect from April 1, 2012, and further directed the management to clear their arrears up to April 30 by May 31.
The court was hearing a petition filed by the principal seeking salaries recommended by the pay panel. Earlier, the deputy director of education had filed a report stating that in 2011-12, the school had collected Rs 7.47 crore.
Although Rs 5.04 crore was required for paying the staff in the revised pay scales, the management had opposed the plea contending the principal had recruited staff in excess of the staffing pattern fixed by the state government.
The principal, however, justified the excess staff pointing out the education department has fixed one teacher for every 80 students, but the school has classrooms admeasuring 600 square feet, which cannot accommodate that number. Besides, the principal said the quality of education will suffer if a class consists of more than 40 students.
The principal also submitted the school is unaided and therefore there was no question of throwing any additional burden on the state exchequer, and the parents were willing to bear the burden of revised pay scales for the 34 staff members.