Talking note of an HT report highlighting the alleged preferential treatment to a Class-12 student of Government Model Senior Secondary School on the Punjab Agricultural University campus, who has not attended school for several months, the education minister has decided to transfer his mother, who is a Punjabi lecturer in the same school.
In its February 1 report, "Preferential treatment to teacher's son at govt school?", HT had reported that the student had not even appeared in the pre-board exams.
Talking to Hindustan Times, state education minister Sikander Singh Maluka said, "We have decided to transfer the teacher, Ramneek Kaur, to another government school, as her son has not attended school for the whole year. We have also issued warning letters to the school principal, Sanjeev Thapar, and the student's class incharge, as favouritism will not be tolerated."
He said, "I want to give a clear message to other teachers that taking benefit of your position is not acceptable."
Maluka on February 7 had marked an inquiry to the district education officer (secondary) seeking a written explanation from principal Sanjeev Thapar regarding why the Class-12 student had not attended classes for the past several months even though he was on rolls.
However, on March 1, Maluka allowed the student to sit for the final exams, citing the reason that the class incharge had regularly marked the student's attendance, due to which he had 75% attendance, and therefore the board could not stop him from taking the final examinations.
Later on March 16, Maluka issued a show-cause notice to the principal seeking a reply on why he allowed the student to not attend classes for the whole year.