Schools made quarantine centres, teachers deputed to oversee arrangements
In view of the threat posed to the teachers deployed in the management of quarantine process of the returning migrants, the teacher organisations are demanding that the government should increase the insurance cover of teachers. The president of the Rajkeeya Shikshak Sangh (RSS), the organisation of the lecturers and Licensed Teachers (LT) has raised concern over the safety of teachers deployed in Covid-19 duty. The President of the organisation, K K Dimri said that the administration should ensure that all teachers are medically examined before they are drawn from Covid-19 duty. He added that the organisation has submitted a letter to the director education in which some demands and suggestions regarding duties are made. “We are ready to discharge whatever duty is assigned to us in the pandemic. However we want that the safety aspect of teachers should not be overlooked. The organisation also wants that the insurance cover of teachers should be increased to Rs 50 lakhs. For smooth discharge of duties by teachers during these tough times, they should be provided with administrative powers,’’ he said.
On the insurance cover resentment is brewing among the teachers. They want that they should be kept at par with health workers and other employees deputed in Covid-19 in this respect. At present an insurance cover of Rs 10 Lakh is provided to the teachers.
The teachers also want that the protective equipment, sanitizers and other facilities should also be provided to them for Covid-19 duty.
After the arrival of returnees from different parts of the country, the state administration directed teachers to oversee the quarantine process of the returnees. Schools in almost every village have been converted into quarantine centres and teachers deployed there as government officials.
Tuesday, 26 May 2020 | PNS | Dehradun