Gurudakshine is an initiative by Rotary Clubs of RI District 3190 in the area of Education and Literacy.
Addressing the teachers, the Minister expressed helplessness of the state government. “More than 3.5 lakh teachers from unaided schools are in crisis due to Covid-19. The state government is trying its best to help them in whichever way possible,” Suresh Kumar said.
An increasing number of teachers and lectures in private institutions are exchanging the tools of their trade — the traditional chalk and duster — with paintbrushes, shovels, and weighing scales to make ends meet. While some have had no choice as they have been rendered unemployed on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, others have had to make do with sharp pay cuts.
Many continue to teach online but are only paid by the hour and are finding it difficult to sustain their livelihood. As a result, teachers are working in farms, selling vegetables on the street, and becoming painters. School managements say they are unable to collect school fees and are left with no money to pay salaries.
TEACHERS WHO NORMALLY DO NOT HAVE HIGH SALARIES ALSO DID NOT HAVE SAVINGS TO FALL BACK ON. SUDHA SRINIVAS, A MATHEMATICS TEACHER IN A BENGALURU SCHOOL, SAID SHE STARTED MAKING FOOD PRODUCTS OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS AS SHE HAD TO TAKE A STEEP CUT IN HER SALARY. “FROM MAY TO JULY, WE WERE PAID 50% OF OUR SALARY, BUT NOW WE ARE BEING PAID 25%,” SHE SAID.
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Left without salary since March, 52-year-old Hanumanlu Raghu .. father of three, was finding the going tough.