“But despite all these achievements no hike was given in our salaries for the last four years. We are getting a fixed amount of Rs 19,800 per month despite attending more than five classes a day like normal teachers,” the Vocational trainer said, adding that the principle of equal pay for equal work was missing in the scheme.
“We are not provided any CPF, leave or insurance cover. Recently our colleague died but his NoK was not provided any compensation,” he said.
The vocational trainers said most of them are at the verge of crossing the age bar and will not be eligible for any job within the next few years. The vocational trainers urged the government to give a sympathetic consideration to their grievance and a regularization policy be framed for them.
The vocational trainers said the role of VTPs was confined to release of their salary and rest was directly managed by the project directorate of Samagra Shiksha.“The VTPs play a spoilsport in our working and their involvement delays framing of our job policy,” the VTs said. Notably, the Vocational Trainers (VTs) are being made to run from pillar to post at a time when the GoI has given special mention of vocational education in National Education Policy (NEP)-2020. The NEP draft says that “There will be no hard separation between the vocational and academic streams.”