Andhra Pradesh: No work but salaries for 42 aided teachers

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42 teachers are working in various aided schools in these two districts and many schools have closed down due to lack of students.

Khammam: Teachers in the aided schools are drawing salaries on part with their counterparts in government schools but without any work in Khammam and Bhadradri-Kothagudem districts.

According to the details, about 42 teachers are working in various aided schools in these two districts and many schools have closed down due to lack of students to pursue education in Telugu medium.

However, these teachers are drawing salaries as per the records. Thanks to the help being rendered by the mandal education officers to these teachers.

According to an estimate, the government is spending nearly Rs 60 lakh in Telangana towards salaries of 123 teachers in aided schools in the state, without drawing any work from them.

As part of encouraging literacy in the united Andhra Pradesh, the then government sanctoined some teacher posts to private schools having a good track record.

The government paid the salaries to these teachers and the infrastructure was maintained by the management of the schools. Seventy per cent of such aided schools ran smoothly and education was imparted to the children effectively.

Once the English medium of teaching gained prominence, parents showed interest to join their kids in schools teaching in the foreign language and the pupil strength in the aided schools came down so much so that some even closed down. Five teachers of an aided school in Khammam are drawing salaries for the last three years without any student strength.

Surprisingly, no action has been taken against the teachers for misuse of government funds. These teachers are running their own private businesses and managing the show by paying mamools to the mandal education officials.

Similar is the situation of single teacher primary schools in Bhadradri district. About nine teachers are drawing salaries without any work in the schools practically. There is no inspection on it.

P. Sudhakar, a retired headmaster said, “There is no work to 60 per cent of the teachers in these aided schools. The government is spending lakhs of rupees on them. Instead of paying salaries and allowing them to sit idle, they can be engaged in place of vidya volunteers in the government schools. The government should take a decision on this at the earliest.”

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