JKTMA highlights issues, demands of teaching fraternity

Excelsior Correspondent
UDHAMPUR, Mar 21: Monthly meeting of Jammu Kashmir Teachers/Master Association (JKTMA) was held here today under the chairmanship of State President Rakesh Singh to discuss the burning issue of teaching fraternity, particularly DPC of Teachers/Masters and Earned Leave in favour of teachers engaged in Covid duties during the vacations.
Singh urged Director School Education Jammu to issue necessary circular in order to provide earned leave benefit to teaching fraternity that sacrificed their vacation for welfare of society and worked day and night in Covid duties by making its entry in service book.
Singh appreciated the decision of higher authorities regarding SSA Head Teacher but urged that instead of shifting post of Head Teachers to UPS there is a need to regularise/create the new post of Masters equivalent to total number of Head Teachers keeping in view the overall cadre strength of Teachers. Moreover, he added, mere shifting of post of Head Teachers will create new problem of deficiency of staff in HS/HSS from where posts will be shifted which is against the NEP-2020.
Singh strongly demanded to fix seniority for DPC of Master and Lecturer on basis of date of passing B Ed and PG respectively instead of date of joining as Teachers who joined earlier but acquired degrees later.
Vivek Gupta, General Secretary reiterated the demand to update seniority list of PG Teachers in Science by excluding all PG degrees acquired through Study Center/Distance mode/tuck shops by giving one time exemption to those who enrolled prior to December 2005 as per Govt order 252-HE.
Association made strong appeal to introduce Biotechnology in at least 6 Higher Secondary schools of every district keeping in view importance of subject at global level and aspirations of many students to opt the subject in school.
Association also suggested to merge nearest Anganwadi centres with schools and handover work of MDM to Anganwadi workers in rural areas and in Urban areas the same may be handed over to some NGO so that teachers feel free to focus on academic activities. Many DDO’s have not credited even first installment of GPF of NPS subscribers which is a matter of grave concern and such DDOs should expedite the process for welfare of Teachers, Singh said.