The education department has dismissed a government school lecturer posted at Government Senior Secondary School, Muthada Khurd, in the district after he remained absent from duty for about two years.
Director school education (senior secondary) Balbir Singh had issued the dismissal order of Manjeet Singh, a science master.
The lecturer was also given a 21-day notice period to visit the director school education and give an explanation, but he instead he replied that his daughter and wife were unwell.
On compassionate grounds, he was given two months to report to the department, to which he sent his friend for hearing instead of appearing in person.
Manjeet was absent from duty since October 28, 2013. On February 10 this year, he was given a chance to explain and put forth his point, but he did not report to the director school education.
Taking note on his non-serious attitude towards his work and his failure to a plasuible explanation for his conduct, the director school education issued the dismissal order. The director school education maintained that his failure to reply within the stipulated time period “led us to presume that he has nothing to say in his defence”.
Also, the principal of Government Senior Secondary School, Phillaur, Prem Kumar, was appointed as inquiry officer who reported that the lecturer was not coming to school for long.
The lecturer’s service has been terminated under section 8 rule (5) of the Punjab Civil Services, 1970. It was also said due to his absence students had been facing difficulty as their studies were affected.