Agartala, Sept. 2: The department of school education has suspended 448 teachers and non-teaching employees across the state for corruption and dereliction of duty, as part of its efforts to improve the system.
This was revealed at a review meeting held in government-run Prajna Bhawan under chief minister Manik Sarkar yesterday.
The suspended persons include three assistant inspectors of school and two inspectors.
Speaking of the steps taken to improve the functioning of schools, minister for school education Tapan Chakraborty said after the director of school education Pradip Kumar Chakraborty took over, a process of regular inspection of school was launched six months ago.
“According to the director, in many of the schools he found teachers and non-teaching employees absent during duty hours and was forced to initiate drastic action to restore normality,” said Chakraborty.
He said the director had circulated an order directing school inspectors to go on routine visits to schools, especially in the interior areas, to take stock of the situation.
“In many schools, the inspectors found teachers and non-teaching staff absent during duty hours and gross irregularities in midday meals. Showcause notices have been issued and 448 teachers have been suspended,” said the minister.
He added that till August 15, 295 teachers have been issued showcause notices, salaries of 72 headmasters and assistant headmasters have been deducted and salaries of 50 teachers have been held up.
Altogether six teachers have been dismissed from service for grave dereliction of duty.
The review meeting also discussed the issue of “proxy teachers” in the interior areas of the state.
Officers present in the meeting said many regularly-appointed teachers for schools in the interior areas of the state did not go to the place of posting and take classes.
“They have appointed less-educated persons to take classes instead of them, informally giving them a part of their own salary. This system has been wreaking havoc with the school system, as the proxy teachers do not have requisite qualification and are totally incapable of taking classes,” said B.K. Sur, the deputy director of school education in North Tripura.
It was also pointed out that of the 5,000 schools of all categories in the state, 1,885 did not have regular headmasters.
Addressing the review meeting, chief minister Manik Sarkar directed the school education minister and other officials present to continue to take drastic action to put the school education system back on track.
He said wherever the proxy teachers were found, the regular teachers should be dismissed from service and their replacements should be arrested.
However, Sarkar promised that all vacant posts of headmasters would be filled up soon.