Minister says he will look into the matter
Srinagar, Dec 27: Despite government announcing winter vacation in all its colleges in the Kashmir province, several institutions are not abiding by the order and are compelling the contractual lecturers to attend.
The college principals of Boys and Girls Anantnag, Bijbehara, Pulwama, Baramulla, Handwara and Sopore Women are compelling the teachers to attend offices when there are no classes being held.
Scores of contractual lecturers in the colleges lamented that the principals are compelling them to attend the institutions even when there is no official work going on during the vacation period.
“There is no government order which asks us to attend to the colleges. The colleges were closed for winter vacation but many principals are forcing us to come,” a contractual lecturer working in a north Kashmir college told The News Now. He did not want to be named for fear of reprisals by the principal.
There are thousands of contractual lecturers teaching on paltry wages in the state colleges. In the Valley, all colleges in the Srinagar city including the Nodal College, Amar Sigh College, have followed the vacation order, but in the peripheries the order is not being obeyed by the principals.
“We have no work to do as the academic session is already over, yet principals are asking us to come and direct us to do clerical jobs,” the lecturer said.
Minister for Education Syed Altaf Bukhari said that he will look into matter. (KNS)