Ever since the lockdown was imposed across Andhra Pradesh with the rise in COVID-19 cases, private teachers across the state have suffered the most. With loss of employment and in most cases non-payment of salaries for months, the teachers have braced through the lockdown like real warriors.
As per various media reports, during the lockdown many teachers were forced to sell bananas, work as daily wage labourers under MGNREGA and few teachers who lost their jobs are still working in rice mills, some are selling eggs and vegetables, while some others are working at construction sites to earn their livelihood.
In early September 2020, after much pressure from various teacher unions and associations, the Government of Andhra Pradesh (GoAP) issued a memo to regional joint directors and district education officers to give necessary instructions to private institutions in their jurisdiction and instructed private institutions to pay full salaries to teachers including the staff. However, the government’s memo did not change the situation of the teachers in the State.
Recently in a meeting organised by the Andhra Pradesh Private Schools’ Association (APPSA) has once again demanded the GoAP to provide urgent financial assistance of Rs. 10,000 to every teacher and school staff as the private institutions are unable to meet their institutional expenses since March.
Despite multiple requests from the associations, the Jagan Mohan Reddy Government has turned a blind eye towards the teachers who were promised the moon during Jagan’s padayatra. In Gannavaram, Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy during his padayatra promised that if YSRCP is voted to power the YSRCP Government would bring an act for private teachers and all teachers will be brought under the ambit of the ESI scheme. In August 2019, the Private Teachers and Lecturers Union (PTLU) met the State Education Minister Adimulapu Suresh and gave a written representation to fulfil the promise made by Jagan Mohan Reddy during his padayatra. It has been close to 2 years but no progress has been made towards bringing legislation for the same. This exposes the vote bank politics of Jagan Mohan Reddy and the YSRCP.