With the Punjab panchayat elections around the corner, the Punjab director general school education (DGSE) office has not issued any directions on surprise visits or inspections by DGSE or district education officer (DEO) in government schools.
Every year, DGSE and DEO conduct surprise visit to the schools after the summer vacation, however with the elections scheduled on July 3, no directions have been issued to the DEO office from the DGSE.
It is understood that the directions can have been withhold considering the fact with most of the DEOs busy with the election duties, who will inspect the schools. In addition, 90% schoolteachers are also on the election duty.
However, every year after summer break government schools are inspected and either director general school education, Punjab visits the schools or respective district education officers make surprise visit in schools.
DEO (secondary) Paramjit Kaur Chahal said: “There are no instructions from the higher authorities to conduct inspections in government schools. Last year, we have made surprise visits to government schools following the DGSE's orders.”
Nine teams of the officials had visited 85 government schools across the district last year to find six teachers were absent from their duty; five teachers were on long leave without informing the department; lower attendance (56.27%). was reported in primary government schools after summer vacations.
Principal of a government school on condition of anonymity said: “This time all the school heads and district education officers are busy in election duty, then who will conduct inspections in the schools. Moreover, in the last few years, surprise visits by deo and DGSE after summer break has become a common feature. But this time, with the panchayat elections, I think no inspections will be conducted in the government schools.”