Bharatpur schoolteacher caught sleeping in class
Jyoti Raj, a permanent teacher at government middle school in Uncha village in Bharatpur district was videotaped by a couple of parents while she was sleeping during class on September 22jaipur Updated: Sep 27, 2016 20:59 IST
A government schoolteacher was caught sleeping on job, literally.
Jyoti Raj, a permanent teacher at government middle school in Uncha village in Bharatpur district was videotaped by a couple of parents while she was sleeping during class on September 22.
In the video, Raj is seen resting her head on the table during the English period of Class 3, even as students practiced their lessons.
According to parents, the English teacher was in a habit of taking a nap in the class, a charge that the principal has denied. The parents claimed that they had planned to expose the teacher after students complained to them.
“I was not here when the incident happened…The teacher (Jyoti Raj) might have been sick or suffering from a headache and hence she was sleeping,” principal Rajveer Singh told HT on Tuesday. He, however, did not comment on the video or mention if any action would be initiated against the teacher.
HT found that the middle school had just four teachers, instead of the required nine, for its 153 students. In absence of adequate teachers, students of two to three classes were accommodated in the same room and taught by a single teacher.
Students were also seen washing tea cups and pots, used by teachers, during school hours.
“Students are also made to fetch bottles of 20 litres drinking water from a nearby water purifying plant,” a parent said.
Bhagirath Sharma, whose daughters study in Classes 3 and 8 of the school, said: “The teachers draw hefty salary from the government, but are found sleeping in class. This is so shameful. I am worried what my daughters are learning.”
Sarpanch of Ekta gram panchayat, Baldev Chaudhary, however, blamed the government for the lack of teachers in the school. He said: “The school has been facing a shortage of teachers for a long time. We have requested officials concerned and politicians to appoint proper teachers, but in vain…By not providing teachers the government is actually disrupting education of so many students.”
District collector Laxminarayan Soni has assured to take action against the guilty teachers and said a probe will be instituted under the district education officer in the matter.
Despite several attempts HT could not reach to teacher Jyoti Raj.