Windfall for civic school teachers

Published: Dec 27, 2013, 07:45 IST | Niranjan Medhekar |

Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) school teachers have more than one reason to rejoice

From doling out tablet computers, two additional months of paid leaves, confirming salaries on time, to further increment for achieving targets – the civic standing committee has approved many schemes suggested by the education board in a budget framed for 2014-15.

“Till now the best teacher award winner was receiving just a memento. But, as suggested by education board, standing committee approved the provision of giving a tablet computer to every such award-winning teacher. Rs 10 lakh will be reserved for this,” said Vishal Tambe, PMC standing committee chairperson.

In another major decision, the standing committee has suggested a salary hike of Rs 1,000 for teachers and Rs 700 for helpers. The current pay per month for a teacher is Rs 6,000 and Rs 4,500 for a helper.

“To motivate teachers to improve the quality of teaching, we have decided to give a one-time increment to those educators, who achieved the target of at least five students passing school scholarship exams consistently for three years,” Tambe said.

The state government has recently initiated a new system, ‘Shalarth’, to generate salaries of teachers across the state. But the introduction of the software has resulted in pay getting delayed in some cases. To avoid this, henceforth the education board will reserve Rs 5 crore and use it in a month in when the government holds back reimbursement. This will help teachers get their salary on the first day of every month.  

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