Justice For teachers

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Request the Government of Uttar Pradesh  to withdraw the order ( circular no. 736/15-72020-1(20)2020 dated 7th April)  regarding terms and conditions for collecting fees in private unaided schools giving the option to parents to pay school fees later at any time at will. This has resulted in overwhelming parents withholding the fees even if they are able to pay. For e.g. salaried people who are got full salary, Central, State Government employees etc are also not paying up. This is resulting in a ripple effect wherein the funds needed to maintain the school is heavily compromised which would lead tolayoffs, salary withholding, education discontinuity and eventual bankruptcy. This, in turn, will lead to further illiteracy and unemployment in India. The order needs to be revised to give clear directions to the effect that feesmust paid by all parents timely. This is essential considering the fact that all services/expenses like electricity, telephone, insurances, taxes etc are being charged and no such leeway has been given in the same lines as the above order.  

Please read, sign & share the petition! This is for all the children of India,  and for their schools and teachers. It’s for all educators who go beyond their call of duty to ensure teaching and learning continues for their students whether or not it happens at school on an ongoing basis (or even at home (online) where feasible during the time of a global crisis). 

What is at stake if the order is not revoked? 

Quite simply India’s present & future is at stake. Since teachers form the essential backbone of any educational system their overall well-being is critical in maintaining a healthy ecosystem for the future of the country. 

o The learning and lives of each of the 43% of children in India who study in private schools are at stake.  (Source - Vision for School 3.0 April 2017). 
o India’s growth and development are at stake:India’s much talked about demographic dividend is dependent on our education system providing quality education to our children.  As per the Educational Statistics report released by MHRD in 2018, India’s literacy levels stand at 69.1% which is 17% below the world’s average, causing poor employability and hence, limited to no real growth. InsightsOnIndia pointed out that ‘India’s demographic dividend depends on the learning level of students.’
o Given other State Governments across India have passed similar orders, the livelihood of 2 croreteaching and non-teaching staff from over 5 lakh private schools across the country is at stake (Source -NISA).
o The livelihood of both teaching and non-teaching staff (administration and support staff) is at stake. A school comes together when teachers, managers, cooks, cleaners, bus drivers, security guards and more people work in coalition with each other, thereby having a direct impact on their livelihood. 
Teachers have called out...

“I am a history teacher working in a private school. I am very concerned about the government’s directive because it would mean I won’t get my full salary or may even lose my job. Despite the lockdown, I have spent endless hours teaching my students, through all possible online platforms available.”

“I am a single parent. I will not be able to support the basic needs of my family, which includes my two young sons and ageing parents, in case the school is not able to pay me. How does the government expect the school to take care of its faculty or plan for the new academic year if their fees are suspended?” 

Why is this happening? 

The Department of education , Uttar Pradesh govt. on April,7th 2020 issued a notice to all private schools advising them regarding collection of school fees, as it says, “Optional “ Several other state departments for the education of states like Rajasthan, Punjab, Odisha, Haryana, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu also chose to implement the same. 

At the same time, all employers have been advised NOT to enforce lay-offs and salary-cuts by the Prime Minister (dated 23 March 2020, repeated on 14 April 2020). Furthermore, not having any idea how much fee to expect the following academic year (despite some schools providing online schooling). This notice severely handicaps our schools from planning for the new academic year and meeting their expenses, especially the salaries of their teachers and staff. 

Teachers have been at the helpless receiving end of most changes in educational policies. 

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