The decrease in funds from the government has led to lack of teachers at private-aided schools.
Mumbai: The decrease in funds from the government has led to lack of teachers at private-aided schools. Though these schools have private management, they have to get an NOC from the government in order to recruit teachers, as the latter will give their salaries. This has discouraged teachers to work for state-aided schools as there many restrictions from the state and therefore such schools have a large number of posts lying vacant over the past 5-6 years.
“The teachers we have right now will retire in some years while some of them already have. These posts are lying vacant, as no recruitment has been done. Important reason being lack of payments done to the existing teachers so nobody really approaches schools like ours, they instead go for private schools which pays them better,” said a retried teacher who is also a Principal in a suburban college
The members, Principal and teachers of private aided schools few years ago had met the then Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh to talk about the lack of grants for their schools. According to Principal, Dr Singh had assured to look into the issue as per the 12 plan of Education. However, “with the change in the government, things changed as well. Then, nothing was done,” said a Principal.
Fr Frazer Mascarenhas, Manager of St. Stanislaus School Bandra, said, “The allocation made by the government through GDP is very low. This is deteriorating the quality of education as teachers are the pillars of the school and if we don’t protect them, the education system shall collapse.