Tamil Nadu teachers urge state government to allow rotational presence of teachers in colleges – Edexlive

Teachers in Tamil Nadu have urged the state government to allow them to come to school on a rotational basis as COVID-19 cases rise in the state. Teachers at the college said several teachers were infected with the disease and one teacher died on Tuesday January 11 from the virus. Colleges across the state are closed to students, but teachers must report to campus daily. Teachers are worried about their health as many of them have tested positive.

A teacher from Madurai Government Arts College told IANS: “Teachers are now forced to come to the colleges even though there are no classes for the students. Most of the teachers have taken both vaccines but , despite this, they contract COVID-19. Several teachers have co-morbidities and they are admitted to hospitals once they are affected by the virus. The government must think about our safety and should take measures to relieve us .

Teachers said online classes had also been halted, but had to go to colleges only out of duty and because the government asked them to. Most teachers travel on crowded public transport like buses and commuter trains, exposing themselves to the virus.

In Chennai, teachers are concerned about the high rate of COVID-19 infection in the city. Chennai on Tuesday recorded a test positivity rate of 18.1%, well above Tamil Nadu’s 10.3%.

A teacher from Government Arts College, Chennai told IANS: “The government seems to be neglecting the health of teachers as most of them have co-morbidities and have to travel on public transport where they can be exposed to the virus. I ask the government to at least give freedom to go to school by rotation.”

The Tamil Nadu Government College Teachers Association, however, said that with all government office staff reaching their offices, the association cannot urge the government to provide relief to teachers so that they do not don’t go to university.

However, the position taken by the Association was rejected by the teachers. A teacher, working at a government college in Chennai, on condition of anonymity, told IANS: “The teachers’ association is a useless body. They should have intervened in this matter. Instead, this organization try to belittle teachers we are not like government office staff if there is no class for students why should teachers come to college our job is to teach to students and if that doesn’t happen then why waste our time and expose ourselves to the virus?”

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