Special teams from the education department on Tuesday raided 601 schools in Punjab to check punctuality and discipline in the state-run government schools.
Schools in the Jalandhar, Faridkot and Nabha (Patiala) circles were inspected on the directions of state education minister Dr Daljit Singh Cheema. A department spokesperson has said that 43 teachers were found absent, while another 45 had reported late. The team found 28 teachers absent for a long time.
As soon as the schools opened on Tuesday, special teams stormed into 205 in the Jalandhar circle; 160 in the Nabha (Patiala) circle; and 236 in the Faridkot circle. Jalandhar had 25 absentees, 32 latecomers, and 12 long-time absentees. Nabha had seven absentees and five long-time absentees. Faridkot had seven absentees, 13 latecomers, and 11 long-time absentees.
The surprise checking would continue. The minister has also directed senior officers to ensure 100% attendance of schoolteachers.