September 11, 2013, 1:19 pm
Even as city schools are relenting to a diktat issued by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to display salaries of teachers and other details on their websites, school authorities fear the move will result in unnecessary salary comparison and rise in attrition rates.
In an attempt to create transparency in the school education system, the CBSE in June this year had directed all affiliated schools to upload details such as transport facilities, course curriculum and teachers’ salaries on the respective school websites.
A deadline of September 15 was set for schools to upload the necessary details, failing which students would not be allowed to appear for their X and XII board examinations, which although criticised, is seen as an attempt to put pressure on schools to implement the rules from parents associations also.
Days ahead of the deadline, schools have created slots but are yet to fill in salary details, and some said they are clearly unhappy with the move. "There is an obvious apprehension among teachers about putting their salary details for public display. There have been a lot of internal discussions regarding the matter, but if the central board has issued such orders, we have no choice but to comply," said Sunitha Rao, vice-principal, Delhi Public School, Secunderabad, which started uploading the requisite information.
"There is a strong possibility of attrition once salary details put online," Rao added.
The board has been trying for almost two years now for schools to go online with their management details.
As a result of the harsh ultimatum of debarring students from their board exams, many schools have already uploaded details of the transport facilities provided, course syllabus and the educational qualifications of teachers. "There will be unnecessary comparison between teachers within the school as well as between schools if pay details are disclosed. This is a decision which should be left to the discretion of the school and we are not happy with the demand," said Iffat Ibrahim, principal of Chirec Public School.