SIE questioned for retaining school teachers at office

SIE questioned for retaining school teachers at office
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IRSHAD KHAN

SRINAGAR: While relieving teachers to the Directorate of School Education and several District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs), where they were posted earlier, the State Institute of Education (SIE) Kashmir, the divisional level institute for teachers’ training, has ironically not detached teachers taken from schools.
Post the government orders of sending attached teachers to their parent departments, the SIE has recently detached nine officials including teachers and lecturers. Four of the detached officials including two lecturers have been sent to the DIETs in Ganderbal, Pampore and Bandipora.
The SIE has, however, failed to relieve at least two teachers to Middle School Mehjoor Nagar in Srinagar and High School Takiya Farooq Shah in Budgam’s Khan Sahib, their original places of posting. Instead of serving at the schools, the teachers, sources said, have been attached at the SIE for the last one to four years.
Sources said that the teacher whose original posting is at the Khan Sahib High School was attached at the SIE Bemina last year.
The teacher, as revealed by official documents, has instead been away from his teaching duties. As per the documents, the teacher has been attached at the DSEK’s Inspection and Monitoring wing from 2007 till last year before he was attached to the SIE.
Sources told Kashmir Reader that the teacher was sent to SIE by the DSEK after he “faced corruption charges”. “Instead of sending him back to the Budgam school to teach, they attached him at another office,” said the source.
The source also questioned the teacher overstaying at the DSEK without transfer, saying that he had been on attachment there for years. The teacher whose original posting is at Mehjoor Nagar school in Srinagar has, instead, been attached to SIE Srinagar for the last four years, as revealed by official documents. Added to the establishment of SIE Srinagar for drawing monthly salary “for the period of six months”, as per documents, an official remarked that the six months “have not passed even after four years now”.
The official also questioned the logic behind attaching middle and high schools at the SIE. “The SIE is an apex divisional institute for teacher training. You have to train masters and lecturers there. What is the job of these low-qualified teachers there?” asked an official.
Principal SIE Mehboob Hussain however denied that the teachers were attached at the institute.
“They have been transferred here along with their posts,” Hussain said.