Speaking of which, many guest teachers who were working on a contractual basis in Delhi government schools and were being paid on a daily basis have now been forced to look for alternative jobs to fulfill their basic needs.
It seems like guest teachers are now staring at an uncertain future. Wazir Singh, a 34-year-old teacher who worked at Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya in Sultanpuri H-block as an English teacher till May 8, was forced to hire a cart for ₹2,000 and sell fruits from 10 AM to 6 PM near his rented one-room set. He said:
I am earning Rs 400 to Rs 500 per day. I have to work to support my family. My father does not keep well and needs medicine. My three younger brothers are studying. I will continue to sell vegetables and fruits until the department calls me back. At least there will be some income.
I am the only earning member for the family of four -- parents, wife and a son. My son studies in class 3 at a private school. I could not pay his fee this academic session as I am out of work since April. I am repairing tyres to make our ends meet.
These teachers will be called back when there is a requirement. There is enough time for them to clear CTET till then.
The matter is to be taken by the services department, which is under the Lieutenant-Governor of Delhi. Service matters are not discussed with us.
More than 20,000 guest teachers are employed in 1,030 government schools across Delhi but, given the current circumstances they are facing, their future looks bleak.