The leaders of the Andhra Pradesh Teachers’ Federation (APTF) are angry at the “government apathy” and have decided to gradually launch sustained agitation to put pressure on the authorities concerned to resolve their longstanding problems.
The leaders urged teachers to identify their pressing local issues and file statements on them at the Mandal Education Offices on April 19, while on April 26 they should hold rallies and hold dharnas in the collectors’ offices.
In a statement on Wednesday, Federation leaders claimed the government was “grossly indifferent” to the community. Citing some of their key issues, they said that while Prime Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had promised to lift the controversial contributory pension scheme (CPS) immediately after taking office, he did not do so after two years in office. Teachers who were withheld from the DA and the recommendations of the Pay Revision Commission were not implemented are other important issues.
They said teachers who were transferred had not received a salary in the past three months, there were irregularities in promotions, and the introduction of several new apps in their daily work only made things worse. They said teachers were initially asked to look at apps related to lessons and exams in the classroom, but now they have had to look at apps related to the number of eggs their schools are using as part of the Lunch or even the toilets get built under Mana Badi-Nadu Nedu Program.
Their main demands include the lifting of the CPS and the restoration of the old pension system, the declaration of the PRC and its implementation from July 1, 2018, the resolution of the problem of the rules for common service and steps to fill the nearly 20,000 vacant teaching positions in the Country .
This year, an additional 4 lakh were admitted to the state schools, which meant that 14,000 more teachers were needed. The association wanted the government to sanction these additional posts and recruit suitable candidates. It said teachers should be spared the non-teaching activities, and posts of guards, attendants, scavengers, sweepers, filing assistants, library assistants, laboratory assistants, junior assistants and computer operators should be sanctioned and recruited.
Federation leaders said teachers would not give in until their main demands were met by the government.