Under "pressure" from its employees' union, Punjab School Education Board on Thursday reinstated five employees it had suspended for dereliction of duty during a Class 12 exam on Monday.
The PSEB management has also formed a three-member committee to investigate into the claims of the five employees failing to deliver signature sheets and cut lists (which have the details of candidates) during the exam. The committee is expected to submit a report in 10 days.
The reinstated employees are: joint secretary Pavitarpal Kaur, deputy secretary Baljeet Kaur Sodhi, and assistant secretaries Kiran Bala, Bhupinder Kaur and Manjit Kaur. They were suspended after complaints were received from centres in Gurdaspur, Pathankot, Fazilka and Ferozepur. It had been alleged that the officers did not send signatures sheets and cut lists, leading to confusion and delay in the Class 12 re-exam.
Speaking to HT, PSEB secretary Balwinder Singh admitted that senior employees had pressured the board in the case and that the management had reinstated the officials. He, however, assured of strict action against any employee found guilty by the committee. "We will not tolerate negligence at any cost," he said.
The inquiry committee includes Charanjeet Kaur, member, PSEB board of directors; Nirmal Singh Bhangu, principal, Khalsa School, Amritsar; and Vijay Kumar, assistant secretary, PSEB.
Soon after the suspension, the members of Punjab School Education Board Union had begun a protest and demanded the reinstatement of the employees. During the re-exam on Monday, the board had cancelled the test at 17 centres following complaints of cheating.