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Decentralization can solve the non-financial demands of teachers in Punjab
The non-financial teachers’ problems are becoming an administrative problem in Punjab due to wrong government policies and decentralization is only the solution to the same, said Raj Kishore Kalra, an educationist in his statement to the media persons.
He said, out of about 22,000 government schools in Punjab, 12925 are primary school, 3200 middle school, 1742 high school and about 1500 senior secondary schools. In these schools, more than one lakh teachers of various categories and employees are working.  The government is spending about Rs.2200 crore as administrative expenses every year in order to provide education to approximately 30 lakh students. 

For many years, the teachers working in these schools are struggling for their demands, which include financial and non-financial. 

So far as financial demands are concerned, the government is dilly-dallying, taking the plea of financial constraints but there are certain non-financial demands, which can be acceded to, without any burden on government exchequer.  Because of wrong policies of government, the non-financial problems of teachers are becoming administrative problems.  

Kalra further said, the non-financial demands include transfer of teachers, time-bound promotion plan, promotions, confirmation cases, discrimination at the time of appointment of teachers in schools, non-existence of permanent calendar, issuing of half-baked letters, non-issuing of financial approval for salary of teachers etc. 

In case the government decentralizes its powers, the non-financial problems can be solved very easily, said Kalra.

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