After checking 140 government schools of the district through 16 different teams, Punjab director general school education (DGSE), Kahan Singh Pannu, suspended a district coordinator of Education Through Satellite (Eduset), a headmaster and a clerk with immediate effect. During checking, 31 teachers were found absent from duty and 88 teachers reported late.
While speaking to HT, the DGSE said that the raids were planned and the exercise had helped the department identify the weaknesses of the system. "Most teachers were under the impression that teams from Chandigarh visit only on Saturdays," he said
"Many labs established at different schools, with 24 computers in each lab have been defunct for months. District Eduset officer Narinder Puri could not give a satisfactory reply for the lapse. He has been suspended with immediate effects."
At the Government High School Puadhara, headmaster Dalbir Singh misbehaved with the inspection team and interfered with the carrying out of their duties. He was also suspended.
At the Government High School, Nagal Salala, a clerk Gagandeep Singh was found absent from his duty. During an impromptu inquiry, it came to light that he used to also work with the regional transport office. He was also suspended.
The DGSE also interacted with students at different schools and queried about their progress, knowledge and school environment.
"Some schools heads have done commendable work. At Government High School Maanku, Government Senior Secondary School Barha Pind and Government High School Gadhran, the inspection teams were impressed at the standards maintained at these schools."
"We have directed officials to issue warning letters to all 88 teachers who reported late. Show-cause notices would be issued to 31 teachers found absent from the duties," he said.
On the 18 teachers who have been abstaining for a long time, departmental proceedings would be started to terminate their services.
In the evening, the DGSE held a meeting with all the block education officers, circle education officer, both district education officers, i.e. Elementary and Secondary, and school heads of the district at Banarsi Dass Arya Girls College in Jalandhar cantonment.
Addressing the meeting, he said: "All matters related to infrastructure must be dealt with on priority. Special attention must be provided to the weak as well as the brilliant students. School heads should try and involve prominent personalities of their area with the routine working of their schools and try and raise funds for children's welfare."