Some schools in Dakshina Kannada plan to rehire staff who were laid off | Mangaluru News – Times of India


MANGALURU: Some schools in Dakshina Kannada district that laid off teachers when they forced to close after the pandemic hit are likely re-hire them, now that education institutions are gearing up for a return to normal. Last week, the government allowed schools to conduct on-campus classes for grades 1 to 5 from October 25. Classes 6 upwards had already reopened earlier.
While some schools plan to hire staff, others say they will manage with hands already on deck and will recruit fresh staff later in the academic year depending on the pandemic situation. Most schools have also decided to restore full for teachers who had to make do with half or even less salary for the past oneand-half years.
Moosabba P Beary, vice president, DK District English Medium Schools Association, said private schools are planning to re-recruit staff, especially subject teachers. He also said schools have already begun paying 75% of salaries to staff. Once schools resume from October 25, they will be given full salary, he said.
“It still may not be possible for schools catering to lower income groups to pay full salaries,” said Moosabba. “Many schools are reeling under a financial crisis. They have asked parents to pay half the fees upfront and the rest in instalments.”
A head of another school in a village in Bantwal taluk said they will manage with whatever staff they currently have. “There is a possibility of a third wave. We will think of rehiring old staff depending on the situation,” said the head of the school.
Besides lay-offs, some teachers had quit schools after their salaries were cut. While some joined other institutions, others who failed to land jobs elsewhere began eking out a living by rolling beedis and selling vegetables and fish. Most teachers who lost jobs are non-subject teachers who taught computers, arts, yoga, drawing and music.
“Our school has begun paying us 50% of our salary, but we have not received any hike for the past two years even though school fees were collected without any discounts from children,” said a teacher from a reputed school in Mangaluru. “We cannot meet household expenses with such low pay.”
Malleswamy, deputy director of public instruction, DK, said they have received permission to recruit guest teachers in government and state-aided high schools. “There is no communication on recruitment of teachers in primary and higher primary schools,” he said.
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