Handwara: Two teachers at a government school in Handwara have been suspended for harassing some girl students.
Sources said that parents of few students approached the management of Government Boys High School Hangha, Mawar with complaints that two teachers were harassing their wards and sending distasteful messages to them.
The complaints were also verified with the girl students, after which, the school management approached the higher authorities of Education department who ordered the suspension of both teachers on Thursday.
An official statement issued by the Deputy Chief Education Officer Kupwara Ghulam Ahmad Bhat said that the two teachers, Raja Shamsul Islam and Mohammad Ishaq Malik have been suspended on a complaint received from residents of Hanga village in Mawar zone.
It added that Raja has been shifted to Government Middle School (GMS) Dogripora while Malik attached to Government High School (GHS) Hengnikote Vilgam.
The order further reads that principal Government Higher Secondary School Handwara, Farooq Ahmad Malik and Syeed Farooq, lecturer at Higher Secondary School Zachildara will enquire into the matter and submit a report within seven days.
Bhat told Kashmir Reader that permanent action against the teachers would be taken after the enquiry team submits its report.
Bhat has also written to the headmaster of the concerned school to explain under which circumstances he has sanctioned leave of the two teachers from school.
Local residents, however, appeared to be dissatisfied with the action, stating that suspension of the teachers was not enough. Asking authorities to terminate the accused teachers, residents said that sanctity of the teacher-student relationship needs to be protected.
They lamented that the Education department had just resorted to suspension in case of a teacher in Kreeri, who was accused of raping a minor student.
Meanwhile police has lodged an FIR (162/2018) against the accused teachers.
CEO Kupwara Mohammad Shafi War told reporters in Kupwara in the evening that he would “recommend termination for both teachers from services”.