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Salary of guest teachers ​​hiked; paid leave also granted

Salaries of 17000 guest teachers will be increased as a result of today’s decision Casual leaves, monthly disbursement of salary introduced for the first time Delhi Cabinet in its meeting on Thursday chaired by the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal cleared a major decision which will affect 17000 guest teachers working in schools of the Directorate of Education.

Guest teachers were deployed by the DoE as a stopgap arrangement against vacancies in teacher positions, on a per day remuneration basis.

They will no longer be paid on a daily basis, but will be provided with an assured consolidated amount on a monthly basis. Under the prevailing system, the highest salary a guest teacher could earn in one month was not more than Rs 17500.

As per the revised pay scales, guest teachers who have cleared the CBSE’s CTET will receive between Rs 32,200 and Rs 34,100 depending on the grade-level they are deployed at.

Guest teachers who have not yet cleared ​CTET, will be continued on a daily salary. However, the daily remuneration has been substantially increased. They will be given two opportunities to clear the CTET exam. Upon clearing the exam, they will also receive a monthly salary, as stated above.​

This is an almost 100% increase in remunerations, and will be an important step towards rationalisation of salaries of teachers. Guest teachers will now be able to claim up to a maximum of 8 Casual Leaves (CLs) in each calendar year. In the past guest teachers were not eligible for casual leave, maternity leave or any other paid leave.

Teachers are the most crucial stakeholders in the government’s education machinery, and the success of the government’s policies depend on them. They are builders of society and shapers of young minds.

It is imperative that they be treated with the dignity they deserve and be rewarded for their unmatched contributions. This is one more step towards the Delhi Government’s mission to upgrade the quality of education at government schools.

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