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Facebook popular among govt teachers to register complaints

Government teachers are increasingly logging on to Facebook to register their grievances to school minister Arvind Pandey

dehradun Updated: Jun 08, 2017 20:11 IST
Nihi Sharma
Nihi Sharma
Hindustan Times
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The Facebook page of school minister Arvind Pandey.(HT Photo)

Government teachers are increasingly logging on to Facebook to register their grievances to school minister Arvind Pandey.

The state has over 17,000 government schools which employ nearly one lakh teachers.

Nearly 100 complains were received under the ‘complaint and suggestion cell’, which was launched on June 2 for government teachers to reporting hurdles faced in their work. They were also invited to put forth recommendations for strengthening the school education system in Uttarakhand.

Now, nearly 70% complaints are being routed through Facebook, according to officials. Of the remaining lot, about 15% are arriving through email, 13% WhatsApp and 2% Twitter.

“The response is overwhelming. Needless to say, the social media has become an important tool and our teachers are actually utilising it to the fullest. We are also receiving complaints and suggestions through e-mails, WhatsApp, Twitter and posts as well,” Pandey told Hindustan Times.

The nature of complaints pertains to discrepancies in pension provision, delay in distribution of salaries under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan, promotion and transfers. “No doubt Facebook is widely used and most popular. That’s why teachers are using this platform to register their complaints,” Sohan Singh, a government teacher in a middle school said.

The minister promises to resolve complaints within 15 days of registration, the information on which can be gathered through the cell. In addition, Pandey plans to launch a toll free for extending further help to school teachers.

Sources said the objective behind formation of this cell is to report anomalies regarding biased posting and promotions. Some postings came into light in which the decisions were were done allegedly overlooking protocols in the Harish Rawat-led Congress government’s rule. Pandey has already ordered a probe into such cases.

Backing uniform dress code for government teachers, suggestions on the Facebook page are also prominent. “The uniform dress code has received applause from teachers. But, there are suggestions on the type of dress code that should be followed,” Pranay Bahuguna, who works with the cell, informed.

The teachers have also given feedback on how the plan for centralised kitchen in far-flung areas will not yield good results owing to the distance factor in remote areas. This announcement of education minister aims at dissolving mid-day meal in individual schools and replacing with meals cooked in a centralised kitchen from where it will be routed to schools.

First Published: Jun 08, 2017 20:11 IST