Teachers want State to take over model schools

Reiterating their demand that the government take over the administration of the model schools in the State, members of the Andhra Pradesh Model School Teachers’ Federation (APMSTF) have threatened to stage a demonstration at the office of the Director of School Education at Ibrahimpatnam on July 13, if their demand was not conceded by then.

In a statement released here on Friday, federation president S. Murali Mohan and general secretary N. Bosebabu demanded that the State also implement the recommendations made by the MLCs’ committee.

They said their State-wide protest on June 27 in support of their demands had failed to evoke a favourable response from the government, forcing them to resort to the path of confrontation.

They said their other demands should also be fulfilled without any further delay. They include release of service rules, sanction of health cards, payment of arrears of PRC and DA, implementation of pension scheme, removal of anomalies in paying of PRC and fitment allowances for teachers who had joined in the second phase, allocation of Hindi pundit posts, construction of compound walls in hostels, release of promotion list, increase of retirement age from 58 to 60 years and distribution of textbooks to intermediate students.

Biometric system opposed

The decision of the Education Department to implement biometrics in supply of textbooks to students to curb any possible irregularities in the distribution system has not gone down well with the teachers of municipal schools.

In a statement, president of A.P. Municipal Teachers’ Federation S. Ramakrishna said though the intention behind the move was good, the students of municipal schools should be exempted from it this academic year.

Mr. Ramakrishna said due to a delay in printing, many textbooks had not reached schools. Moreover, many students did not have Aadhaar cards. Linking supply of textbooks to Aadhaar might deprive them of the facility this year. Most of the iris devices given to teachers were not functioning properly, he said.

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