No respite for school teach­ers de­puted for poll-re­lated work

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - PUNJAB HINDUSTANTIMES - Harpreet Kaur

HOSHIARPUR : School teach­ers, work­ing as booth-level of­fi­cers (BLOS) to carry out poll-re­lated du­ties, have been de­mand­ing ex­emp­tion from the mostly under-re­warded job, but in­stead they are be­ing bur­dened with the oner­ous task of feed­ing the en­tire data on­line with the help of com­puter teach­ers.

In a cir­cu­lar to district ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cers and other heads of depart­ment, the sub-di­vi­sional of­fi­cer of SAS Na­gar has even sug­gested that, if need be, the staff be ex­empted from their reg­u­lar work to en­able them com­plete the on­line work by Fe­bru­ary 10.

If teach­ers are kept off ed­u­ca­tional work, stu­dents are bound to suf­fer as an­nual ex­ams are not very far. Teach­ers are be­ing called to at­tend spe­cial train­ing pro­grammes to learn the nu­ances of the on­line up­load­ing work they are not ac­quainted with.

As per in­for­ma­tion gath­ered under the Right to In­for­ma­tion (RTI) Act, 80 to 90% teach­ing staff de­ployed on poll duty in var­i­ous districts is from the teacher cadre and this is be­ing done with­out any writ­ten in­struc­tions from the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of In­dia or the state’s chief elec­tion of­fi­cer.

Dcs-cum-district elec­tion of­fi­cers (DEOS) were re­quested to pro­vide the copy of in­struc­tions on the ba­sis of which govern­ment em­ploy­ees were de­puted on elec­tion duty. Replies from the DEOS men­tion that there were nei­ther any in­struc­tions on the per­cent­age of staff of dif­fer­ent de­part­ments to be put on pol duty.

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