Teachers in private schools and colleges get much less salary than their counterparts in government institutions, though more talented and qualified teachers are recruited by private schools and colleges.
Underpaid teachers in private institutes
I recently met a teacher who is a postgraduate degree holder in Mathematics. When I asked him whether he enjoys the teaching profession, he replied: “How can I enjoy being a teacher when I am paid just Rs 3,000/- per month. My friend working in a government aided school earns around Rs 40,000. Isn’t it injustice?”
Unfortutely, there is no such Act to support teachers working in private institutions. It is true that teachers in India, especially most of those who work in private organization, have to struggle to support themselves. There is no organization to speak for their rights.
Even government teachers go on strike now and then demanding more salary and benefits.
It is really unfortute that a few qualified teachers of private schools and colleges might leave the teaching profession due to low remuneration. In that case, private schools and colleges may employ mediocre teachers by paying them meager salaries. We can very well gauge its impact on the education sector.
It is the responsibility of the government to lure brilliant minds to the teaching profession through better remuneration. The government can improve the quality of teaching in the country by ensuring recruitment of meritorious teachers and payment of proper remuneration. This will give a real meaning of investing in the education sector.
Satish Kumar Sarma,
Kalyanpur, Biswath Chariali.