İndia, India Covid-19: New Delhi's Teachers Are Being Sent To The Pandemic Frontlines, Some Without Training, Ppe Or Even Pay - Cnn

İndia, India Covid-19: New Delhi's Teachers Are Being Sent To The Pandemic Frontlines

New Delhi's teachers are being sent to the Covid frontlines, some without training, PPE or even pay

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1/18/2021 1:45:00 PM

Thousands of teachers in New Delhi have been deployed to the frontlines of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to two teachers' associations. At least 35 teachers have died from Covid-19 during the pandemic, and hundreds more fell ill, they said.

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The 27-year-old normally teaches physical education but, like thousands of other government teachers in New Delhi, he was deployed to the pandemic frontline when the virus started spreading in India last March.Since June, Kumar has filled a number of roles alongside his teaching duties. First, he said he distributed ration kits to the poor, then he was assigned to conduct door-to-door surveys of neighbors of confirmed Covid cases. In that role, which involved taking residents' temperatures, Kumar says he contracted the virus and was ill in July for 17 days. In 2020, at least 28,000 teachers were deployed to Covid-19 roles, according to two teachers' associations in New Delhi. At least 35 teachers have died from Covid-19 during the pandemic, and hundreds more fell ill, they said. CNN reached out to the Delhi Ministry of Health to verify these numbers and received no response. Several teachers in the Indian capital told CNN they were given no training and are juggling their coronavirus duties with their normal teaching roles. Those working for the municipal corporations, which are the local-level governing civic bodies in Delhi, say they haven't been given enough personal protective equipment (PPE) to shield them from the virus. Others say they haven't been paid their normal salaries for months. Indian government school teachers conducted surveys of residential neighborhoods in New Delhi, as part of their coronavirus duties during the pandemic.Read More"The central government is telling the nation to take health and safety precautions but here, the Delhi Municipal Corporations (DMCs) are telling us to expose ourselves to the virus every day," said Vibha Singh, the senior vice president of Nagar Nigam Shikshak Sangh (NNSS), a union representing about 20,000 teachers in DMC schools.Teachers who do not report for their assignments can be threatened with action under the Delhi Disaster Management Act, according to Sant Ram, an elected member of the Government School Teachers' Association (GSTA). The first orders under the act were made in March as coronavirus spread throughout the country.Since then, more than 10,000 people have died in New Delhi, of more than 150,000 deaths nationwide. India is second only to the United States with more than 10.4 million confirmed cases, according to the global tally by John Hopkins University. School shutdownWhen the virus started spreading through India in March, the central government ordered a nationwide shutdown that forced schools to shut. In major metropolises, including New Delhi, they have remained closed since. 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Country has 2nd highest Covid-19 cases. See their vaccine plan 02:19When some schools were turned into hunger relief centers, Alka Sharma, Additional Commissioner of East DMC, an administrative official for the district, says engaging teachers in the work"made sense."However, since then teachers have been enlisted to do a wider variety of pandemic duties. Some were tasked with issuing fines to the public for disobeying the mask mandate, facilitating the screening of incoming passengers at Delhi international airport and conducting door-to-door surveys to help identify Covid-19 cases.A lot of these duties were short-term projects but many teachers, including Kumar, were moved from one assignment to another.Kumar said after spending 10 days distributing ration kits he was assigned to a dispensary where he was asked to knock on the doors of 50 houses surrounding confirmed Covid cases.He said he took the names, ages, travel history, comorbidities, and any coronavirus symptoms of people in each household. While he was provided with a mask, sanitizer, and a head cover, he said he wasn't given any training."If we had received training, it would have been better. We were given these oximeters and non-contact thermometers, but not everyone knows how to use them," Kumar said."We need training for how far we should stand, how to maintain people's safety and our own.""We should be told how to ask (the survey) questions better. It's very hard to deal with the public and their reactions. So, training could make it easier and improve our work," he added.Delhi Directorate's Director of Education Udit Prakash Rai and the Directors of Education from all three DMC school zones -- East, North and South -- did not respond to requests for comment on allegations that teachers weren't given enough training or PPE.Sharma, the Additional Commissioner of East DMC, says teachers can request an exemption from Covid duties and applications are considered on a case by case basis.A teacher records her colleague conducting an online class during the coronavirus pandemic, September 22, 2020.Months of no paySarita Yadav, 38, a primary school teacher in North DMC, said she was assigned to distribute food and ration kits in May and June, but was given no training or PPE."I bought everything out of my own pocket. I wasn't given masks, no sanitizers," she said."I purchased sanitizer, gloves, masks."Yadav said she and her colleagues in North DMC haven't been paid since August. 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Meet the Michelin star chef who feeds millions amid pandemic 02:29"The children wanted to do something nice for Christmas. We coax them but we have no answers for them. It's so bad that now I'm worried I won't be able to pay their school fees."The lack of pay extends to teachers in East DMC, according to Singh, from NNSS teachers' union, who is also the principal of a school in East DMC. She said teachers there have not received their salaries since September.Sharma, the Additional Commissioner of East DMC, said the municipal corporation doesn't have enough money to pay the district's teachers."Our priority is (to pay) Covid workers, but we don't have the funds right now," she said."If we have money in our coffers, then everyone gets the salary."Sharma did not indicate when she expects funds to be available again. Some teachers say they weren't given enough training and had to buy their own PPE. Others say they haven't been paid for months.CNN has seen copies of several letters that NNSS and GSTA have sent to local and state authorities seeking better treatment for teachers on Covid duty and exemptions for older teachers.Similar letters from the NNSS demand better support for DMC teachers to execute their Covid duties, including PPE kits, regular testing and compensation for the families of teachers who contract the virus and die.The teachers' associations say they haven't received a satisfactory reply. CNN asked the Director of Education for the North DMC about claims that teachers weren't being paid and didn't receive a response."Corona Warriors"In June, another teachers' union in North DMC schools took teachers' complaints over no pay to the Delhi High Court.Teachers' union Akhil Dilli Prathmik Shikshak Sangh (ADPSS), which represents 20,000 primary school teachers across all the DMCs, filed a petition alleging its members hadn't been paid since March. 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