New Delhi, July 10: Lok Sabha has been informed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) that no such proposal regarding the implementation of a common salary package for teachers working in Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) schools across India is under consideration of the government currently. While answering questions asked by member Anil Firojiya, the ministry also informed the lower house that state governments have also not been consulted about this matter.
CBSE-affiliated schools in India, abroad
A total of 21,271 schools in India and 228 schools in 25 foreign countries are affiliated with CBSE as on May 5, 2019. These include following as revealed by the official CBSE data:
- Kendriya Vidyalayas- 1,138
- Government or Aided schools- 3,011
- Independent schools- 16,741
- Jawahar Novodaya Vidyalayas- 595
- Central Tibetan schools- 14
The educational requirements of nearly 1.25 crores (or 12.5 million) students in India and abroad are catered by these schools. Except for the independent schools, the salary packages of respective government agencies they work under are followed by the rest of the schools.
No uniform salary pattern followed in private schools
The reports state that the majority of independent or private schools do not follow a uniform pattern for the salaries given to the teachers working under these schools. The reports further reveal that most teachers in central government or state government schools have been paid comparatively more salaries than their counterparts in private schools.
“CBSE clearly says that salary has to be on par with that of their state government counterparts. But apart from a handful of schools, the salary levels are horrible,” an official from Nagpur-based CBSE School Staff Welfare Association (CSSWA) told media in October last year.
“There are reports of CBSE teachers being paid between Rs10,000 and Rs15,000 per month even after two or three years of service. If they are to be given salary on par with that of state government teachers, then starting payment of non-probationary staffers must be at least Rs25,000 per month,” the report of a daily national quoted.
In 2018, the Kerala state government proposed to enact the ‘Minimum Wages Act’ for teachers in private unaided schools for ensuring quality education. In his customary address to the assembly in budget session 2018, Governor P Sathasivam declared this.
“This would help attract the best minds to the teaching profession,” Mr. Sathasivam has been quoted as speaking in his speech then.