The appointment of four Sanskrit teachers in an Urdu medium school in Jaffarabad has put the Education Department in a spot.
The controversial postings happened after the Minorities Commission, in a directive to the Education Directorate, asked them to improve the quality of education in Urdu medium schools in the city.
There are about 20 odd Urdu medium schools. Most of them are in a sorry state. Apart from teacher shortage, the schools have not fared any good in this year's Board examinations. In fact, only 20 per cent of the students managed to pass.
The Education Department complied with the directions of the Minorities Commission and selected four Sanskrit teachers for the job after randomly going through a list from their database.
What they probably didn't know was that Sanskrit, even as a language, is not taught in these schools.
It seems they were in a hurry to fill up the three vacancies for Urdu teachers in this school.
"Does the government want to impose Sanskrit to the students of Urdu," asked a parent of a child who studies in the GBSS School in Jaffrabad. He said that despite repeated reminders, the government has not sent teachers who can teach mathematics, science and other subjects in the Urdu medium.
Local MLA Mateen Ahmed said that the incident was "shocking" and showed the lackadaisical approach of the education officials.
"I will be taking up the issue with the government," Ahmed said. However, officials have a different take on the blooper. Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely claimed that the department has laid down yardsticks for transfers and postings.
"I am not aware of the specific case as no one has complained so far but if it has happened, it must be due to some clerical error. This would be rectified with immediate effect," the minister told the Hindustan Times.