Women staff members from government recognised private schools and junior colleges received a gift on International Women’s Day.
The state school education department on Monday announced that teaching and non-teaching staff from these institutions will get 180 days [six months] of maternity leave. They are currently entitled to 90 days or three months.
A government resolution (GR) dated March 8 said this decision follows the government’s decision made in August 2009 giving all government employees this extension.
The GR said that a woman staffer cannot avail of the facility for more than two pregnancies.
Women who avail of maternity leave will get an extra six months added to their working tenure. So, if a woman has 28 years of service left when she goes on a six-month maternity leave, then after resuming she can work for another 6 months after the 28-year tenure ends.
This decision will be valid in retrospective effect from August 24, 2009.
“The decision should have been made last year itself,” said Member of Legislative Council and founder of Lok Bharti Party, Kapil Patil.
Patil has been pursuing the issue for long.
“It was kept pending since the finance department claimed that it would put an additional pressure of Rs 38 crore on the government. On March 5, I met Finance Minister, Sunil Tatkare, and showed him how the calculation was wrong and he agreed,” said Patil
Minister of State for School Education, Fauzia Khan, who is also a teacher by profession, welcomed the decision. Khan said paternity leave should also be introduced.
“It’s good that women will get to be with their small children but children in school also need their teachers. So it’s time that men take up a more proactive role,” she said.