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Minister refuses to relent as teachers protest against surprise checks in schools

Education minister Arvind Pande has refused to relent and said he will continue with the surprise checks in the schools across the state even as teachers protested against his move

dehradun Updated: Sep 14, 2017 19:09 IST
Anupam Trivedi
Anupam Trivedi
Hindustan Times
Uttarakhand News,school,education
Teachers attend school with black arm bands in Dehradun on Thursday.(HT Photo)

Education minister Arvind Pande has refused to relent and said he will continue with the surprise checks in the schools across the state even as teachers protested against his move.

On Thursday, teachers wore black arm bands as a mark of protest. The controversy kicked off after a video of the minister went viral on the social media in which he is seen seeking reply from a chemistry teacher during one of the surprise inspection at a government school in Dehradun district.

In the video, the minister can be heard asking the teacher what equals to minus plus minus.

The perplexed teacher is heard telling the minister that she teaches chemistry and then minister was heard asking her to explain what minus plus minus in the terms of the chemistry.

That’s not all; the minister scolded the teacher amid presence of students and the principal.

The protesting teachers alleged that the minister was doing it just for “cheap publicity”.

“We criticise the way minister entered a classroom with his gunners. The children were terrified. We don’t have issues with the sudden raids but the minister deliberately made the video viral to gain cheap publicity,” said Ram Singh Chauhan, state president of the government teachers association.

Pande, a four-time BJP legislator from Gadarpur, who often remains in news for his ‘typical style’, said he cannot change at this stage of his age.

“I am a guardian of the family and I have every right to scold and love my family (staff of the education department),” the minister told HT on Thursday when asked his reaction on the teachers protest. He claimed the reason for the protest was something else.

“I am initiating a cleanliness drive in the department for the sake of 12 lakh students who rely on government schools,” he said while stating that he would not bow to pressure of inter-departmental politics. He even dared opponents to get him out of the cabinet if they have “problem with him”.

First Published: Sep 14, 2017 19:09 IST