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Video | Teachers beat up each other as students look on in Punjab’s Dera Bassi

The students looked on as the teachers threw and ducked punches, used their handbags as weapons and yelled at one another. Some students said the scuffle lasted a good 20 minutes. ‎

punjab Updated: Jul 25, 2017 16:55 IST
Gagandeep Jassowal
Gagandeep Jassowal
Hindustan Times, Mohali
Teachers scuffle,Dera Bassi,Punjab
(HT Photo)

A quote on the wall of Government High School, Sundhran in Dera Bassi, says, ‘Teachers are inspirational source for the students’. But on Monday, the situation inside the school was starkly opposite to the message. Bemused students looked on as the headmistress, Veena Bassi, scuffled with the science teacher, Kailash Rani.

The result of a longstanding feud, Bassi exchanged heated words with Kailash Rani after which they lunged at each other.

Kailash alleged that other teachers also joined in with the headmistress and beat her up. The students looked agog as teachers threw and ducked punches, used their handbags as weapons and yelled at one another. Some students said the scuffle lasted a good 20 minutes.

Kailash said she was on a two-day leave on Friday and Saturday and joined school on Monday. She alleged that the headmistress and other teachers beat her up when she went to mark her attendance. She also accused Bassi of misusing school funds.

She alleged that the staff members tried getting her transferred, but her posting was stayed by the court. “That is why the headmistress can’t stand me,” she claimed. ‎She added that Bassi gave the charge of vice headmistress to a teacher junior in service than her. She claimed she was second in seniority.

RECORDS IN DANGER: SCHOOL HEAD

Bassi said she and her staff as well as school records were in danger from Kailash. She further alleged that Kailash attacked three teachers, including the Hindi teacher, Deepika, the computer teacher, Geetanjali, and others. She demanded that the department should either shift her or Kailash.

Manjit Singh, chairman of the school committee, said this was a running feud for the past three to four years. “This is why our school recorded such a poor result in matriculation,” he added.

The chairman further said both the parties were responsible for the incident.

Gurpreet Kaur, deputy district education officer, Mohali, visited the school and said she took written complaints from the staff, including the headmistresses and Kailash, and even the villagers. She added that she will soon send them to the higher authorities.

Paramjit Singh, director public instructions (secondary), said he will act appropriately after he scrutinised the report on the matter.

SCHOOL IN A SHAMBLES

A total of 260 students stare at a bleak future due to the ongoing tussle among the staff for the past three to four years. Meanwhile, even the infrastructure in the school is in a shambles. A lack of benches and clean drinking water aside, the school does not even score points for hygiene as waste is thrown out in the open within the campus.

One of the students said a majority of teachers constantly used their mobile phones during class, which in turn affected their studies.

A local, Taranjit Singh, said “We urged the education department to transfer Veena Bassi and Kailash Rani, so our children can study in a peaceful environment.” He added that the villagers will take this up with the education secretary if the matter was not resolved soon.

First Published: Jul 24, 2017 17:02 IST