NEW DELHI: Expressing anguish at the shabby treatment meted out to school teachers, the Delhi High Court has asked the Government to provide high emoluments and ensure proper reverence to them for strengthening the formal education system. "If the foundation is weak, the edifice built on it cannot be strong.Hence, it is essential that high emoluments and perquisites are given to such teachers at the lower levels so that they have an incentive to hard work," a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Markandeya Katju and Madan B Lokur observed while dealing with an appeal filed by the Delhi Government on the issue of payment of salaries to teachers.
The Bench dismissed the appeal of the Government and upheld the order passed by a single judge which directed the authorities to pay compelete salary arrears to the teachers of the Khalsa Middle School In its appeal the Government contended that the teachers were not entitled to any salaries as the school which was receiving grant-in-aid facilities had made illegal appointments of teachers by not following the official roster system.
Government’s counsel Avnish Ahlawat defended denial of the grant-in-aid salaries on the ground that the requisite number of SC/ST and other reserved categories posts were filled with unreserved candidates by the school. However, the school maintained that the appointments were made after observing all the rules in force and only eligible teachers were appointed.
Counsel for the school, Yogesh Kumar Saxena and others furnished before the court minutes and other details of the selection committee meetings which was attended and approved by the Government representatives.Upholding the contention of the school, the Bench noted that the Government was paying only a pittance of Rs 300 per month to each teacher who according to their scale were entitled to get about Rs 7000 each.
"Unless teachers are paid proper salaries, they cannot be endowed and energised. But unfortunately in our country today teachers are not given much respect as is given to ministers, judges and IAS officers. Teachers are often treated disdainfully,"the Bench remarked. Hence it is essential that high emoluments and perquisites are given to such teachers at the lower levels so that they have an incentive to hard work, the court said while dismissing the appeal."