Guest teachers have received a major setback with the announcement of summer vacation in Delhi. The Directorate of Education has issued an order to terminate the service of more than 20 thousand teachers with effect from April 20, 2021.
However, the school head will be able to call the guest teachers to the school as per the requirement. According to Shoaib Rana, an officer of the All India Guest Teachers Association, the termination of service of the guest teachers in Bandi will pose a livelihood crisis in front of them. In such a situation, it is important to have a rethink.
In this order of the Delhi Education Directorate, it has been said that the guest teachers will be given salaries till 19 April 2021. Further, if they are called for duty during summer holidays, then only salary will be given.
The association and guest teachers have requested the Arvind Kejriwal government to reconsider its decision, reminding them of the situation last year. They have directed their ire also toward the deputy chief minister and education minister, Manish Sisodia.
All India Guest Teachers Association (AIGTA) and other teachers’ bodies have expressed their displeasure about the order as according to them, this will pose a livelihood crisis for the guest teachers. Last year’s months-long lockdown had reduced qualified and trained teachers to abject poverty with reports of teachers being forced to sell vegetables and pick up odd jobs to make ends meet. This year, close to two dozen states have closed schools, cancelled or postponed board exams.