One word in an official order has put the elevation of 342 contractual teachers in a spot in Madhya Pradesh’s newest district, Agar-Malwa, where many schools have hardly a teacher.
The teachers alleged that the zilla panchayat chief executive officer (CEO) Rajesh Shukla had deliberately put the word “appointment” instead of “confirmation” on their orders received a few days ago.
The word has delayed their promotion to the Adhyapak grade, rued the teachers who were appointed on contract in 2013.
Shukla, however, rebutted their allegations and said there was some confusion among the teachers.
“Even after they are appointed following the roster system, they are required to go through the roster check at the time of regularisation or confirmation,” he said.
The protesting teachers argued that the gazette notification clearly mentions that “if the roster system is followed at the time of appointment, there is no need to go through the same at the time of confirmation”.
“To cover up his fault and delay the issue, the CEO has put the word “appointment” instead of “confirmation” in the order,” they said.
As many as 149 teachers from Barod, 122 from Agar and 71 from Susner and Nalkhed blocks are affected due to the move, according to district education officer, Anand Singh Vaskele, who said he was waiting for clearance from CEO’s end.
Shukla said he has forwarded the letter to the head office to get directives on the issue, and added, “as soon as we get it, it will clear the matter.”
Agar-Malwa, MP’s 51st district as on August 16, 2013, faces a severe shortage of teachers in its 999 schools, 42 of which don’t even have a teacher and 68 running with only one.
Barod block has the most schools—15—without a teacher followed by Agar with 11 schools, Susner with nine and Nalkheda with seven.
Carved out of Shajapur district, Agar-Malwa has a population of more than 4.8 lakh people.