Govt school teachers take ‘dummy admissions’ route to avoid transfers

To ensure that the teacher-student ratio is maintained at their schools,so that they are not transferred to other schools where there is a shortage of teachers, those working in government schools have resorted to “dummy admissions

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: April 8, 2014 3:29 pm

To ensure that the teacher-student ratio is maintained at their schools,so that they are not transferred to other schools where there is a shortage of teachers, those working in government schools have resorted to “dummy admissions”. Sources in the education department said a large number primary,middle and higher secondary schools have indulged in such admissions.

Following this,the education department has issued a warning to such schools and asked the district education officers (DEOs) to provide the actual list of the students admitted. Director Public Instructions (DPI) of secondary education has also ordered an inquiry into the same. Further,some teachers,who are under scanner,have been summoned to the DPI office. According to the Right to Education Act,every school must have one teacher for every 30 students. Under rationalisation of teachers undertaken by the state government,surplus faculty members are posted in schools where there is a shortage.

“In many schools,there are less number of students when compared to teachers. In such schools,to ensure that they are not transferred from their schools,which are usually located near their residences,the teachers have been indulging in fake admissions with the connivance of senior authorities,” said a education department official. “In turn,the senior authorities are also conniving with their respective seniors so that the grants,which are provided on the basis of the number of students,can be availed and their pockets can be filled,” he added.

In a school at Basti area in Jalandhar,a teacher has made around 10 dummy admissions to ensure that the teacher-student ratio is maintained. “The school principal is also aware of it,” said an official in the DPI office. When contacted DPI (Secondary),Kamal Kant Garg,said he had received such complaints. “I have ordered an inquiry into the matter. Only after the probe report is submitted,it can be said that whether dummy admissions have taken place.”

“Around 69 to 70 teachers,who are under scanner,have been called to my office with all relevant documents. Meanwhile,I have issued instructions to the concerned DEOs to take a look at the matter and report back,” he added.

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