Emulating junior college and degree college teachers, who have been on strike since February, primary unaided school teachers are also threatening to strike over non-payment of sixth pay commission salaries.
The teachers said many private unaided schools were not paying them the salaries recommended by the sixth pay commission. “While BMC school and private aided school teachers are being paid as per the latest pay scale, we continue to be paid as per the old one. Even after teaching for over 22 years, we are being paid Rs 12,000 to Rs 14,000 a month,” a teacher said.
The BMC had made it mandatory for private unaided schools to also follow the upgraded pay scale. “Despite the BMC orders, schools are not introducing the new salary scale. Education officers, who conduct regular inspections, are not taking action against such schools,’’ another teacher said.
The teachers said that in the last few months, they have approached government authorities to look into their demands, but have received no response. “We do not want to disrupt the assessment of exam papers or worry parents during the summer vacation, but the government needs to look into our demands soon, or we will be forced to strike,” added the teacher.
Teachers claim non-payment of salaries is not the only way they are being hassled. On Friday, a group of primary school teachers from private unaided schools complained to the BMC about alleged harassment by municipal education officers during the ongoing training sessions held across the city. They said they were being targeted because they had complained to the department in the past against officers who had allegedly formed a nexus with school managements.
Angry teachers say they will file an FIR against the officials. “Some officers are making derogatory remarks and issuing threats during the training sessions,” said a teacher from a school in Andheri, requesting anonymity.
BMC education officials refused to comment. “We will look into the complaint and can only comment after the inquiry,” said a senior official.