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| 01 April, 2018

Gender pay gap for Indian school teachers in Oman to be eliminated

Salaries of 1,800 teachers in Indian Schools will go up as the Indian School Board has announced a revised pay package for its teachers.

Pastel twilight over Muscat harbour, Oman, with reflections of lights from foreshore buildings seen in the bay and mosque minarets standing out prominently. Image for illustrative purposes.

Pastel twilight over Muscat harbour, Oman, with reflections of lights from foreshore buildings seen in the bay and mosque minarets standing out prominently. Image for illustrative purposes.

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Muscat: Salaries of 1,800 teachers in Indian Schools will go up as the Indian School Board has announced a revised pay package for its teachers.

Women constitute more than 80 per cent of the workforce in Indian Schools. According to the new pay structure, they will be paid the same salary as that of men, closing the pay gap, the Board of Directors, Indian Schools in Oman, announced on Sunday.

The revised salary introduced by the board will also attract best resources in the profession.

The Indian School Board had implemented a comprehensive Human Resource Manual for all Indian Schools in Oman in June, 2017. This was done with a view to standardising procedures; in continuation of that exercise, the Finance Committee of the Board undertook the task of designing a structure for salary grades which will be application to all Indian Schools in the Sultanate. The Board has given a four year period, starting from April, 2018 to the individual schools to migrate completely to the new structure.

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"It's a welcome initiative and thanks to the board for recognizing the merit of this noble profession,” remarked a senior teacher. “We’re so happy that gender discrimination is removed from the salary structure,” commented a lady teacher who has been working in the system for several years.

Uniformity of remuneration emphasises the Board’s commitment to equality, standardisation and fairness to teachers employed in all Indian Schools irrespective of location. The revised pay package structured in different grades ensures progressive growth. Based on applicable revision in responsibilities or work performance the staff will be promoted to the next grade. Inflation factor is also built into the annual increments.

In conformity with the national labour law requirements, the allowances address required payments like housing, transport, utilities and telephone, in addition to medical insurance and annual air fare to home town.

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