On Monday, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) informed Lok Sabha that there is no such proposal is under consideration of the Government at present to implement a common salary package for the teachers who are working in the CBSE schools in the country.The Ministry also informed the lower house that state governments have also not been consulted regard the same.
Till now, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has total 21,271 schools in India and 228 schools in 25 foreign countries affiliated with it. These schools include 1,138 KendriyaVidyalayas, 3,011 Government or Aided schools, 16,741 independent schools, 595 JawaharNovodayaVidyalayas and 14 Central Tibetan schools, according to the official CBSE data. These schools cater into educational needs of close to 1.25 crores (or 12.5 million) students in India and abroad. Among these schools, except for the independent schools, all other schools follow salary packages of respective government agencies they work under.
According to reports, most independent or private schools do not have a uniform pattern for the wages provided to the teachers working under these schools. Most of the teachers in private schools have been paid comparatively less salaries than their counterparts in central government or state government schools.
An official from Nagpur-based CBSE School Staff Welfare Association (CSSWA) told the media that “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.”
“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 Times of India report said.
To ensure quality education, the Kerala state government had in 2018 proposed to enact the ‘Minimum Wages Act’ for teachers in private unaided schools. This was announced by Governor P Sathasivam in his customary address to the Assembly in 2018 Budget session. Then MrSathasivam said in his speech that “This would help attract the best minds to the teaching profession.”