Teachers at Parishad Madhyamik School in Paraiya,Gaya,burnt books to stay warm on a chilly winter day,even as their students watched the act in surprise. Later in the day,the students spilled the beans leading to a police case being registered against the principal and 16 teachers of the school. The incident took place on January 3,one of the coldest days here,when principal Jayprakash Ram and teachers took two sacks of middle school text books and burnt them one by one to keep themselves warm.
The villagers have demanded prompt action against the errant teachers,and have already voiced their concern with the school administration.
Shyam Deo Gupta,head of Ajmatganj panchayat said: We cannot associate teachers with burning books even in our wildest imagination. We are not sure what value these teachers can impart to our children. He has lodged a complaint with the Paraiya police station.
We have registered a case against school principal Ram and 16 unknown persons for damaging public property, Paraiya police station in-charge Hansnath Singh told The Indian Express. He said the police had to mention 16 persons involved as unknown because the principal was not willing to name his colleagues.
We have questioned the principal who accepted that they burned the textbooks because of the cold weather, Singh said,adding,The candid confession by the principal has made the job easier for the police.
The police officer said it was one of the strangest cases ever lodged. District Education Officer B K Jha said he had ordered an inquiry into the incident. It is one of the weirdest complaints against teachers. We have not taken the incident lightly as teachers are supposed to be the custodian of values,said Jha.