As many as seven hundred teachers, hired by a private agency on contract basis for teaching computer skills to government school students, are a harassed lot as none of them has received any salary in the past five months.
The state education department had given a contract to one Bhupinder Society to teach computers in government schools in Rohtak, Jhajjar, Panipat, Karnal and Sonepat districts. More than 700 candidates with BTech, MTech, MCA and other qualifications were hired by the company in August-September at Rs 12,000 per month.
Varun Bhardwaj, who has been teaching computers at the government school in Meham under this project said, “Five months have passed and none of us has received a single penny despite holding meetings with the district education officer, and education minister Geeta Bhukkal.”
He said that notwithstanding any norms, the company had forced them to deposit three cheques worth Rs 8,000 each as security.
Amit Sangwan, another computer teacher at Government Senior Secondary School (GSSS), Bakheta, of the district said, “Under the RTI, we learnt that the government is paying the company Rs 14,403 per head, while the company promised us a reduced amount, and even that has not been paid.”
“According to the information obtained under the RTI, the state education department has not given any right to seek security deposit to the privately-held Bhupinder Society,” he added.
Vinod Singh, another computer teacher at Chandi village of the district, said that all the candidates were made to pass a written test and an interview session in order to be recruited. He said that they were made to sign a contract, but were not given a copy of the same by the company.
District co-ordinator of the Bhupinder Society, Raj Kumar Khatri, admitted that computer teachers hired by the company have not been given salary ever since they joined (five months ago), while claiming that the company has not received payment from the state education department for the hired teachers.