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Ghaziabad: 59 govt teachers found missing from duty during surprise check, district magistrate orders a day’s pay cut

Fifty-nine teachers were found missing from their duty during a surprise inspection carried out on Wednesday by the officials of the basic education department in 93 government schools in Ghaziabad. The district magistrate later ordered the deduction of a day’s salary of the absent teachers and asked the officials to conduct more surprise checks in the coming days.

noida Updated: Oct 05, 2017 22:39 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
At the 93 schools inspected  on Wednesday, 59 teachers were found missing from duty.
At the 93 schools inspected on Wednesday, 59 teachers were found missing from duty.(Sakib Ali/ HT photo)

Fifty-nine teachers were found missing from their duty during a surprise inspection carried out on Wednesday by the officials of the basic education department in 93 government schools in Ghaziabad.

The district magistrate later ordered the deduction of a day’s salary of the absent teachers and asked the officials to conduct more surprise checks in the coming days.

At the 93 schools inspected, 410 teachers should have been present.

“The teachers who were found absent from duty were considered on leave and a day’s salary was deducted. We have 398 primary schools (Class 1 to 5) and 195 upper primary schools (class 6 to 8). We have nearly 2,168 on our rolls, excluding 391 ‘shiksha mitras’ who have been removed. We just have 10-15 posts of teachers vacant at present,” said Vinay Kumar, basic education officer.

The officials said they have also come up with a procedure to mark attendance at the office of basic education officer. Under the system, anyone on casual leave will have to post a message on the system before the start of the school day.

“None of the 59 teachers had posted any message about their being on casual leave. They have been warned and more surprise inspections will be taken up soon in other schools,” Kumar said.

District magistrate Ritu Maheshwari said more such inspections will be carried out and action will be taken against the erring teachers. The DM said she will also be ordering surprise inspections of private schools as well. This is with respect to the safety and security meeting held earlier with schools on September 12.

“There have been certain guidelines issued by the UP Police and the Central Board of Secondary Education. Since schools were given a fortnight to spruce up safety measures and there were holidays due to Dussehra festivities, we are giving schools some more time before inspections are carried out,” the DM said.

On September 12, the principals and district officials had held a meeting in Ghaziabad. Schools were given a set of guidelines and also the expected measures they were to take up to ensure the safety and security of students, in the aftermath of the murder of a class 2 student at Ryan International School in Gurgaon.