Good Days for Guest teachers in Delhi, Govt to issue experience certificates

The AAP government is trying to ease down the weary technicalities of many jobs with their initiatives and the recent to hit the news is the teacher’s profession. Over 17000 teachers who are working as guest teachers in Delhi have been assured that they will be provided with experience certificate for the duration of their service. Prior to this, even attaining the certificates required them to make several rounds to the Education Department’s office. “The teachers will be required to fill the certificate in the format available on Directorate of Education’s website and get the same signed by Principal of the particular school,” an official statement said.

This decision has come after the passive furore by the Delhi Guest Teachers Association who had brought this issue before the deputy chief minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia. “To address various demands of guest teachers, Delhi government has formed a high-level committee headed by the Principal Secretary (Finance). The panel will deliberate on demands including fix salary for guest teachers, provisions of maternity leave and casual leave,” the statement by the office added. The committee that has been formed by the Delhi government is working on the regularization of the procedures that will help the teachers in collecting their experience certificates as smooth as possible.

A file has also been sent by the Delhi government to the Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung regarding regularization of these guest teachers. The file is pending for the Lieutenant Governor’s approval. The Deputy Chief Minister who also happens to be the education minister made an announcement last month that promised to reinstate the guest teachers to their posts. The education minister declared that those teachers who were removed due to transfer will be reappointed. He had met a delegation of Dilli Atithi Shikshak Sangh (Guest Teachers Association) which came to meet him at the Delhi Secretariat on July 21 and had given them the assurance of reappointment.

This assurance of reinstating has been given by him through the delegation which demanded that the weightage for the guest teachers in fresh teachers recruitment exam be increased from 0.75 percent to 5 percent per year. “The guest teachers would now get one day leave every month. Woman guest teachers will also be entitled to re-employment after the maternity leave,” the minister said. Moreover, these teachers would be entitled to fixed salary rather than daily wages which they previously used to get.

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