As per the order issued by the Directorate of school education on August 19, no teacher shall be allowed to work in Zonal Education Offices. However, there seems to be least takers for such a vital order that was issued with a motive to streamline the education system in the government run schools of Kashmir Valley.
However, throwing rules to the wind and undermining recently issued Government order, there are several teachers who could be found discharging their duties at Zonal Offices while leaving the students in absolute lurch.
One of the teachers engaged under RET scheme is posted at Maqdoom Sahib School, has been working in the office of Zonal Education Officer Hawal instead of a school for which has been engaged.
When contacted, the teacher namely Tanveer Hussain admitted to this reporter that he is a teacher engaged under RET scheme and his actual positing is at Maqdoom Sahib school of Srinagar district. He further admitted that he has been discharging his duties as Zonal Education Research Person (ZERP) in the office of ZEO Hawal, Srinagar.
When asked how come he remains in the zonal office when government has banned the practice, he peevishly told the reporter to his complain to the Director Education Dr G.N Yatoo.
As per the insiders, the practice of engaging teachers in Zonal Offices hasn’t got affected even after the Director School Education passed a formal order in this regard.
Officials privy to this development stated that the practice goes on in a most insidious way as the teachers on papers are shown discharging duties in schools while in actual they remain present in Zonal offices. “It is no less than a racket that demands a thorough probe.
The government needs to be made aware about how the government schools are deliberately drained from of the teachers and why,” says an official wishing not to be named.
Meanwhile, when contacted Zonal Education Officer, Khalida Parveen first feigned ignorance that any RET has been engaged in her Zonal Office. However, she was quick to admit that it is the Director school education who has allowed the RETs to work in the zonal office.