Due to coronavirus lockdown many people lost their job , with no other option people were forced to find other alternative profession for living .
Speaking of which , Many guest teachers working on a contractual basis in Delhi government schools and paid on a daily basis have been forced to find alternative job to make their ends meet
Schools have been shut since March 19 in Delhi. Classes were shifted online and some guest teachers took part in virtual learning till May 8.
The government declared summer vacations from May 11 to June 30 but online classes for classes 9 to 12 continued till May 28 and those who were taking part were paid on a daily basis till May 8.
There are around 1000 teachers whose contracts were not extended after March 31 as they have not cleared the mandatory Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET). The test is conducted twice a year and next scheduled for July but this year there is uncertainty if it will be held due to the pandemic, as per media report
Wazir Singh (34), who was working at Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya in Sultanpuri H-block as an English teacher till May 8.Now for living Singh hire a cart for Rs 2,000 per month and started selling fruits from 10 am to 6 pm near his rented one-room set in Sultanpuri last month.
“I am earning Rs 400 to Rs 500 per day. I have to work to support my family. My father does not keep well and needs medicine. My three younger brothers are studying. I will continue to sell vegetables and fruits until the department calls me back. At least there will be some income,” .
Devesh Kumar, 40, who was teaching natural science at the government boys’ senior secondary school in Mehrauli has set up a bicycle puncture repair shop near his rented accommodation in Ghaziabad said :
“I am the only earning member for the family of four — parents, wife and a son. My son studies in class 3 at a private school. I could not pay his fee this academic session as I am out of work since April. I am repairing tyres to make our ends meet,”
A senior DoE official, requesting anonymity, said, “Due to the prevailing situation government cannot accommodate so many teachers and pay them
“ These teachers will be called back when there is a requirement. There is enough time for them to clear CTET till then.”
The Delhi government new norms make it mandatory for its teachers to qualify CTET, Binay Bhushan, director of education, said :
“The guest teachers have never been paid during summer vacation. We will have to see if they are needed in July. We will call them back accordingly,”
when asked about the government’s plan to take back guest teachers, Delhi education minister Manish Sisodia said :
“The matter is to be taken by the services department, which is under the Lieutenant-Governor of Delhi. Service matters are not discussed with us.”
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