Punjab government has dismissed 206 teachers and employees in the education department who have been absent from their duties against the service norms.
Disclosing this on Sunday, education minister Sikander Singh Maluka said 166 master cadre, 25 Sarv Siksha Abhiyan teachers, six computer teachers and nine non-teaching employees had been dismissed in the past two months.
The minister said the director general education school (DGSE) was asked to prepare a plan to deal with the absentee staff and teachers. Accordingly, a special cell was established in the office of DGSE to process inquiries into the complaints against the teachers and employees.
DGSE Kahan Singh Pannu said a total of about 1,100 complaints, out of which 206 were dismissed and rest were being processed for action. It was revealed that a large number of teachers and employees had proceeded on unauthorised leave and had gone abroad even more than 10 years ago.
Pannu said strict action would be taken against the teachers and employees who failed to resume their duties as per laid norms. "Before sanctioning the ex-India leave, an affidavit from the applicant would be taken to the effect that the services would be dismissed in case he failed to resume duty on time," he said.