LUCKNOW: About 3,900 elementary school teachers across the state are ready to face the music for “missing” school. During an inspection campaign carried out by education officers in the respective districts from July 19 to 25, these teachers were found absent from school for three consecutive days.
The list of teachers came a week after the Department of Basic Education asked the BSAs to carry out an inspection campaign with education officers in the block as early as 6 a.m. and cover schools located in the interiors.
According to the director general of school education, VK Anand, the campaign will continue until the end of July, then a final list of teachers will be prepared. “BSAs have already begun taking action — salary deduction, suspension and issuing a show cause notice — on teachers who skip school,” Anand said. According to the list, Varanasi (165), Gorakhpur (159) and Ghazipur (152) are three districts where most teachers were found absent during inspection. In Lucknow, 15 teachers were absent during the trip.
In written directives dated July 18, Anand had asked the BSAs to carry out regular inspection and monitoring of schools to ensure the regular presence of teachers. BSAs were also asked to verify that children received the money transferred to them as part of the direct benefit transfer (DBT) for the purchase of a uniform, shoes, socks, a sweater and a satchel. In addition, the BSAs have been instructed to compile a list of teachers who remain absent from school for three consecutive days.
Teachers’ associations, however, objected to the inspection campaign and called it a tool to harass teachers.