There are 25 to 30 teachers of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) schools who are not taking classes in schools but are carrying out other work at the office of the school board.
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) school board wants to halt the practice of teachers who draw salaries for teaching at PMC schools doing other work at the school board office. In a letter dated July 2 to acting administrator Shivaji Daundkar, one of the members of the board Ram Borkar said, ” Teachers supposed to teach in schools are doing official work at the board office or taking part in activities related to Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan or activities designed by the board.”
Principals of schools were blamed for allowing teachers to sign on the attendance register even if they do not attend a single class. Principals (headmasters) should not allow such activities and are allegedly hand-in-glove with officials of the shikshan mandal who make these teachers work for them. Headmasters too should be punished as per law if they provide wrong information to the government, stated the letter.
” These teachers should not be paid the June salary as they have not taught anything. Strict action must be taken against such teachers as they are using government resources without doing any work. It is necessary that an official notice be issued to ask teachers to return to their teaching duties and never to make teachers do office work of the board,” said Borkar.
” The standard of education in PMC schools is poor and if teachers stop working, it will affect the poor students. If the education officer does not take action immediately, we will protest,” said Borkar.
When contacted, Shivaji Daundkar said, ” It is not true that 30 teachers are doing non-teaching work. The number is around 10 or 11 at the most. The entire problem started when the government appointed temporary staff for the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and reduced funds allocated for it. We had to use teachers to carry out the work. There were 52 teachers, but then we had to discharge 45 and send them to SSA duties.”
He said, “Currently there are three teachers assigned for education board, seven to eight for Sarva Shikha Abhiyan, and two for the RTE cell. There is a huge shortage of staff and we cannot stop these work. Hence teachers are working. Once the government fills these posts, we will release them too.”