Kolkata: After a tough year of no increments, announcements about rollback of increment and pay cuts, schools have now decided to give teachers their due. Most schools have decided to give the increments that will become effective with their salaries from April itself while there are some that will offer increments from the next quarter, after they have hiked the tuition fees. However, retro effects will be given.
The High Court had, last October, ruled that schools will not increase tuition fees for the 2020 academic session because of the pandemic. It had also ruled that schools would not offer increments to teachers for the year. Many schools had announced increments according to the sixth pay commission revisions, just before the pandemic shutdown happened, but had to roll back the decision citing the court order and the fact that tuition fees were held up by a large section of parents.
“Thankfully, it seems we are through with the worst. We have decided to announce our increments for teachers and the calculations are getting done now, but we will revise salaries with effect from April,” said Aloke Tibrewal, chairman of DPS Ruby Park. La Martiniere schools have already announced their increments.
Some schools run by the Church of North India had announced the implementation of sixth pay commission revisions from the 2020 financial year, but could not bring it on. In a recent meeting, Bishop Paritosh Canning, the head of the Kolkata diocese of the CNI, said the new pay commission revisions should be implemented now. “We are likely to give our increments to our teachers from July,” said John Ghosh, secretary of St Thomas Kidderpore.
Some schools said that they have increased their tuition fees keeping in mind the increments that have to be given to teachers. Other schools, like Don Bosco Park Circus, said they will hike the tuition fees from the next quarter and then revise teachers’ salaries. “We have decided to go slower, looking at the fresh Covid situation,” said the principal, Father Bikash Mondal. But he agreed that teachers’ pay revision had become imperative.
Both Heritage School and South Point School managements have decided on implementing the increments soon. They had announced the pay revisions to bring in the sixth pay commission salaries for teachers last year, but had to roll it back. “The finances were in the doldrums, apart from the court ruling. Finally, after 15 months, we are going to announce salary revisions,” said Krishna Damani, spokesperson for South Point School.
In some schools, there will not be any immediate pay revision, but a certain percentage of pay cut had happened which is being restored. Teachers at St Augustine’s Day School, Kolkata, which has two branches, had a 20% salary cut after the first quarter, which is now being restored, said school head Richard Gasper.