New Delhi: In a bid to woo the teacher community in Delhi, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday promised to resolve their long-pending issue of fixing their scale grade as per the sixth pay Commission.
The party also promised to look into the issues of granting Earned Leaves to teachers like other government employees and giving cashless medical facility.
"Teachers are the first priority for the Aam Aadmi Party. We dream of a society in which the teaching community will play a pivotal role in improving and building the new society.
"I think teachers should get more respect than anyone else. The case should be that after passing XII exam, a student should say I would like to become a teacher than an IAS officer," former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, said at a gathering of Delhi All Schools of Teachers Assocation of NCT (DASTAN).
He also urged the teachers who work as booth-level workers during the election to be more vigilant about fake voters and alert him if they came across any case.
"I am of the opinion that teachers should not do any other work. But now that you are working as a Booth Level Officer, I I urge you to be vigilant about the fake voters.
"If you come across any such case, please alert me and I will take care thereafter," Kejriwal said.
The AAP chief said if his party came to power, it will give more autonomy to schools, appoint the best ones as principals, but on the other hand, they will be made more accountable.
"Your job of fixing your salaries as per the sixth pay commission is easier than slashing the electricty and water tariff. I think, you should get more than the sixth pay commission.
"We would also make all the teachers who are on contract permanent and fill the vacant posts," Kejriwal said.
Kejriwal said that there would be no interference in the functioning of the teachers from the Directorate of Education and the "inspector-raj" would end.
"Any policy on teachers, education and its system would not be formualated unless teachers are not consulted," Kejriwal said, adding that in next five years, he would bring the government schools at par with private institutions.
Former education minister Manish Sisodia said, "as a son of a teacher", he was aware of the problems faced by teachers.
Slamming the Right to Education, Sisodia said it was this right that has degraded the education system.
"Under the RTE, teachers have to get numerous facilities, but they get none and more work is expected out of them," the former Delhi education minister said.
He also said that there should be a debate on the "detention" and "no punishment" policy.
"We cannot implement any policy which is practised in the United States or any other country. We have to work as per the requirements of our country," Sisodia said.
Sisodia said that like the police are responsible for maintaining law and order and should be held accountable, same should be the case with teachers.
"Police are accountable for maintaining law and order. Similar is the case with teachers. If a person rapes or commits a crime, or still has hatred for different communities after coming out of a school, then it is also the moral responsibility of the teacher that he/she could not inculcate the values in that person. We dream of that society where teachers have this kind of respect," he added.