Baramulla: 500 teachers were suspended during the past five months here, Kashmir Reader has learnt.
While the Teachers Forum Baramulla alleges that the Department of Education was minting money by reinstating teachers suspended on “flimsy grounds,” the authorities maintain that the teachers were suspended for absence from duty.
“Most of the teachers were reinstated only after a day or within one month, which in itself is a matter of investigation.” President Teachers Forum Baramullah Mohammad Rafiq Rather said.
Rather added that if teachers were suspended then why were there no pay cuts in their salary.
“No such thing was added in their services books as well. It indicates that most of the teachers were suspended only to mint money. The CEO(Chief Education Officer) does not know it but his staff are suspending teachers to fetch money from them,” said Rather.
The CEO Syeed Abdul Rouf denied the allegations and said that most of the suspended teachers belonged to zone Baramullah, Singpora and Pattan areas. “We had information that a chain of teachers were doing other business rather than attending their classes. So officials of our department suspended these teachers and the same was conveyed to Director School Education as well,” said Rouf.
He said most of them were reinstated after they submitted proper affidavits.
Earlier this month, the clerical staff at the Chief Education Office (CEO), Baramulla, had abstained from work to register their protest against allegations by the Teachers’ Forum that they were taking hefty bribes for reinstating suspended teachers.