The Punjab Aided Schoolteachers Union on Tuesday submitted a memorandum addressed to the chief minister to the Jalandhar deputy commissioner demanding disbursal of their salaries.
As many as 4,200 teachers employed with 450 aided schools in the state have not received their salaries for several months, some of them up to nine months.
Of these, 200 teachers are employed with primary schools.
The finance department has not issued the supplementary budget allocation for salaries of aided schoolteachers.
The union has requested the finance minister and the department concerned to release allocation to the education department.
Manish Aggarwal, public relation officer of the union and a teacher at Doaba School, Jalandhar, said, “It becomes quite difficult to manage daily expenses without salary. We have to borrow money from our friends or get personal loans to make our ends meet. We request the government to release our salaries regularly.”
A union member said the salaries of secondary schools were cleared till September, but those of primary schools have not been disbursed since June last year.
“We get the same response every time when we inquire about the allocation of salaries to the education department. The school managements tell us that they have not received government grants,” they added.
The union demanded that the government should merge the aided schools with government schools as done by the Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan governments.