Bengaluru: Protesting the recent changes in Cadre and Recruitment Rules 2017, teachers working in the state’s primary schools boycotted classes to take out rallies at various district headquarters today (July 8). Primary school teachers who were appointed before 2014, have been restricted to teach only from class 1 to 5, owing to the changes.

Many teachers had not graduated at the time of joining the primary schools but completed their graduation later.

The teachers claimed that the government has still not considered them graduates in terms of work allotment and payments, reports said. They demand that they be called ‘graduated primary school teachers’ at par with the teachers who were graduates at the time of joining service.

The protest rally was called by Karnataka Primary Schools Teachers’ Association. The members of the association reportedly said that this protest is likely to affect the normal functioning of 36,000 government primary schools in the state. They said that no classes shall be conducted.

The association members reportedly said that the parents and students have been informed about it to minimise the inconvenience.

All India vice president of the association, Basavaraj Gurikar, said that the protestors will submit memorandums to their respective deputy directors of public instructions (DDPI).

Gurikar reportedly said that most of them have completed their graduation and that they should be treated on par with the degree teachers. They want to be allowed to teach classes 6 and 7 and be referred to as degree teachers as well, reports said.

Currently, the non-degree teachers have been drawing a starting salary of Rs 25,800 whereas the degree teachers have been drawing Rs 27,000 as their starting salary.