A lecturer at a government school in this district was on Wednesday suspended by education minister Sikander Singh Maluka for allegedly remaining under the influence of liquor while on duty.
Maluka, while on a surprise visit to Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Kot Isse Khan, as part of his inspection drive, was told by the staff that biology lecturer Sukhwant Singh used to come to school under the influence of liquor, an official release said.
When the accused teacher came to know about the minister's visit, he allegedly vanished from the campus after which the minister suspended him from duty, the release said.
Maluka said, "I got information from my source that a teacher in a particular school regularly comes after consuming liquor and even takes classes in that condition. But as soon as we reached the nearby school, someone told the teacher about the raid and he fled from the school. We called him up and asked him to return, and even waited for an hour, but he did not comply. I ordered his suspension on the spot."
Later, Maluka visited two more schools as part of his inspection of government schools, especially those situated in far-flung areas.
The minister said, "I would continue with my surprise visits to government schools, especially situated in far-flung areas to have feedback on the standard of education and would take corrective measures, if needed."
The minister said that keeping in view the increasing strength of students in Government Senior Secondary School, Baghapurana, the state education department would take up the matter of expansion or construction of a new building at the earliest. He also interacted with the staff members of all these schools and exhorted them to make a significant contribution in further improving the quality of education in their respective schools.
Maluka said that the state government had chalked out an ambitious plan to set up 1,000 model schools to provide quality education to the students of the state with special provision of free education for poor students. "Under this scheme, the village panchayat would have to provide five acres of land on lease for 30 years to private developers, who will construct, operate and manage the school. The school would admit all students of the village concerned and provide them education free of cost," Maluka added.