Teachers told to report to headquarters amidst lockdown failing which their salary of April would not be paid
Thousands of College teachers of Uttarakhand are in a state of quandary over a government order which has asked them to report to their respective headquarters failing which the salary of April would not be paid to them. In an order, the Higher Education additional secretary Iqbal Ahmed had asked the college education director to ensure that all college teachers and principals are at the place of their posting. The order adds the absence of teachers is affecting the teaching activity in the colleges which is hilarious since the colleges of the state are closed at the moment due to lockdown.
As a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Uttarakhand government had closed the colleges of the state along with other educational institutes on March 15. After closure of the colleges’ large number of the college teachers including some Principals left their place of posting and came to their homes. On March 25, Prime Minister Narendra Modi enforced a 21 day long lockdown in the entire country which was later extended to May 3. The teachers which are away from their place of posting are upset with the order as they have to go through a tedious process of seeking permission from the administration to cross the state and district boundaries. Further these teachers would have to be put into mandatory 14 days of quarantine on return to their place of posting which would increase pressure on existing facilities of government. “We were asked to start online classes for the students which we are doing on regular basis. We are now being asked to remain at headquarters which in prevailing situation is both dangerous and worthless as the colleges are closed. The department should start monitoring our online classes instead of issuing such order,’’ said a college teacher.
The spokesperson of Uttarakhand Congress, Garima Dassauni has termed the order unfortunate. She said the order is not feasible in prevailing situation where borders are closed. The Congress leader demanded that the government should re examine the order which is absurd.
When contacted the higher education secretary Ashok Kumar told The Pioneer that the online classes are being affected due to absence of teachers. He however added that efforts would be made to ensure that teachers don’t face problem in coming back to their headquarters.
Friday, 01 May 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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