Relief for teachers
The teaching community especially those employed under SSA and RMSA schemes were facing lot of issues over the years. While it took almost four years for the previous governments to even understand the problems, the governor administration took some bold initiatives to resolve the crisis.
The landmark decision will enable streamlining the cadre of RReTs by transitioning them in the regular cadre of teachers and meeting the salary deficit of teachers, which is over Rs 1400 crores per annum, out of the state budget.
The government’s decision has meant that henceforth all teachers will get regular monthly salary on time consequent to the assimilation of various cadres of teachers into one regular teaching cadre. This will result in greater accountability, discipline and capacity building of teachers and improve the quality of education in the state.
The issue of SSA and RMSA teachers was approved by the State Administrative Council (SAC) after the Action Pan recommended by the Committee constituted vide G.O No 1263-GAD of 2018, Dated 13.08.2018 was accepted.
The Committee was mandated to devise a comprehensive strategy to review the issues of all school teachers in the School Education department including those funded under the on-going Centrally Sponsored Schemes.
Over the years, School Education department was facing immense difficulties due to multiple cadres of teachers, requirement of additional funds to meet out salary of both SSA and RMSA teaching faculty and a host of other related issues, which were directly or indirectly impacting upon the quality of education in Government run schools and leading to avoidable chaos and confusion among the teaching fraternity.
The Committee submitted its recommendations in the form of an Action Plan to the Government. The SAC considered the departmental proposal based on the recommendations of the Committee and broadly accepted the Action Plan proposed by the Committee.
The SAC has approved the creation of a separate cadre of teachers who will get a pay scale of Rs.29200-92300 (L-5) 7th Pay Commission from 1st Sep this year. These posts shall be filled up 100% by selection out of regularized Rehbar-e-Taleem ‘Teachers (RReTs) with qualifications of aGraduate from any recognized University. This cadre of teachers is created exclusively for the purpose of adjusting RReTs and will gradually get extinguished/abolished over a period of time.
The School Education Department will amend the Jammu and Kashmir School Education (Subordinate) Service Recruitment Rules, 2008 as may be required to give effect to this decision.
Though the action plans has outlined various measures for implementing the governments decisions, the road ahead for the DSEK is dotted with impediments. It would require a high level of understanding and transparency on the part of education officials to actually put the plan into action. If any discrepancies are allowed yet again, the times to come will be no different from the situation that had rose today.