Resolution passed by AIKVTA, Thrissur unit in its general body meeting held on 7.3.2012
1. The alacrity with which the KVS is trying to impose a 45 Hrs working week is incomprehensible because it goes contrary to Sl. No 1 of the same schedule which clearly stipulates a teacher – student ratio of 1:30 on an average for classes 1 to 5. Unless steps are completed to ensure an average 1:30 teacher – student ratio, the teachers are going to be subjected to a double blow of handling unmanageable class strength and increased working hours.
2. Teachers have all along been performing various additional duties which when taken together would involve much more than the stipulated 7 hours 20 minutes per day. How is the KVS going to account for the working hours spent by teaches on the following counts:
a) Remedial teaching for slow and gifted learners
b) Conduct of scouts and guides camps/programmes
c) Sports and game activities
d) Escort duties
e) Orientation/training programmes/in-service courses/workshops etc.
3. Introduction of an 8-period timetable will automatically increase the work load of teachers considerably by making them teach for longer duration and leaving less or no room to attend to other school works.
4. The introduction of ectlt (Digital diary) for KV teachers will put an extra burden and occupy more of their time and how is that going to be accounted for?
5. The RTE Act, 2009 clearly mandates all government schools to provide ‘free and compulsory education to all students from 6 – 14 age groups (i.e from class 1 – 8). But a fairly good amount of fees is charged from students of these classes in the form of VVN and computer fee. Isn’t this a gross violation of the act? Why has KVS turned a blind eye to this all important provision of the act. KV teachers as part of their social obligation must educate the parent community against this blatant injustice. This in turn would eventually lead to VVN funds drying up relieving teacher of the burden of additional duties (at least some) as many ‘extravaganzas’ in the KVS will come to an end for want of funds.
6. While increasing the working hours, the KVS is silent on other provisions like refreshment/break/rest for teachers. While all teachers in state government schools enjoy I hour lunch break within a 6 hour working schedule along with a 5-day working week, KVS is victimizing teachers with a 7 hour 20 minutes working day with half an hour break in a 6 day-working week. Why this exploitation?
5. The long awaited grant of MACP to KV teachers still remains a mirage and the KVS and the government seem to be least enthusiastic about it. Under the circumstances, AIKVTA, Thrissur unit strongly feel that we should go to the courts seeking legal remedy – the expenditure for the same can be borne by all collectively. We have waited for long and should wait no more.
Similarly if an immediate stay against the implementation of increased working hours could be obtained through the intervention of courts, this AIKVTA unit will stand by the union office bearers.
6. Conversion of CPF to GPF is another burning issue not addressed by the authorities yet. Why not pursue legal recourse in the matter in the interest of the employees? Funds can be mobilized through voluntary contribution, if required.
7. 16.3.2012 will be observed as protest day as directed by the AIKVTA.