Around 35000 private school teachers have lost jobs in Karnataka reported Education World. The Covid-19 pandemic has aggravated the economic crisis wherein millions have lost their livelihoods. This has left the households unable to pay for education including school fees. This has left the admissions processes for the academic year 2020-21 severely affected.
Since most schools in the country are dependent upon the school fees to pay for salaries of teachers, they are unable to pay salaries to teachers. On the other hand, the school closures across the world have not just stagnated the teaching-learning processes but have also resulted in increased use of digital platforms for taking classes. This has led to many teachers to lose out their jobs.
The private schools are demanding fees from the students to be able to pay salaries to teachers. It has been reported that many schools are forcing parents to pay fees despite government orders to refrain from such acts. However, parents aren’t in a position to pay.
SR Umashankar, Principal Secretary of Primary and Secondary education for Government of Karnataka has noted that the state government was aware of the situation and is trying to find solutions.
D Shashikumar, General Secretary of Karnataka Associated Managements of Primary and Secondary Schools has noted that a majority amongst 35000 teachers sacked by Private Schools were working in Nursery and Primary Schools.
Former CM of Karnataka, HD Kumaraswamy has demanded that the government must heed to the plight of the guest lecturers. He has demanded the government fulfills the demands of Guest Lecturers at the earliest. It was earlier reported that more than 8 guest lecturers of the state had committed suicide owing to economic crisis and pressures as they weren’t paid salaries for the last three months.
ಕರೋನ ಸೋಂಕಿನ ವೇಳೆ ಸಂಕಷ್ಟಕ್ಕೆ ಸಿಲುಕಿರುವ ಪದವಿ ಕಾಲೇಜುಗಳಲ್ಲಿನ ಅತಿಥಿ ಉಪನ್ಯಾಸಕರಿಗೆ ಸರ್ಕಾರ ಮೂರು ತಿಂಗಳ ವೇತನ ನೀಡುವ ಮೂಲಕ ಮಾನವೀಯ ನೆಲೆಗಟ್ಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ ತುರ್ತು ನೆರವಿಗೆ ಧಾವಿಸಬೇಕು. pic.twitter.com/5drNST3hNT
— H D Kumaraswamy (@hd_kumaraswamy) June 30, 2020
The issue is not limited to Karnataka
While the situation from Karnataka is worrisome, the problem is all-pervasive. On 20th April, the Tamil Nadu Government had issued an order prohibiting the private schools from collecting fees from students. However, Private schools have challenged the orders of the state in the Madras High Court. Justice R Mahadevan questioned TN Government on how could the government expect private schools to pay salaries to teaching and non-teaching staffs when they aren’t supposed to collect fees from students.
It is to be noted that such difficult situations exist for teachers and lecturers not just in Karnataka or Tamil Nadu but all across the country. It is difficult for the low-budget private educational institutions to function if the governments do not support them in the times of this crisis.