Not told about teach­ers to be sent abroad: Siso­dia to LG

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY -

New Delhi: In a let­ter to lieu­tenant gov­er­nor Anil Bai­jal, ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Man­ish Siso­dia on Tues­day claimed that Direc­torate of Ed­u­ca­tion (DoE) and the chief sec­re­tary had by­passed him and for­warded de­tails of a plan to send a team of prin­ci­pals and ed­u­ca­tors to Fin­land di­rectly to the LG.

The of­fi­cers should be “show-caused” for not show­ing the file to him first, Siso­dia said. Later in the evening, he shot off an­other let­ter ask­ing the LG to is­sue writ­ten in­struc­tions to DoE and the chief sec­re­tary that all ed­u­ca­tion-re­lated files be shown to the min­is­ter in-charge first.

In the first let­ter, Siso­dia claimed he had planned to send the team to Fin­land in Jan­uary to un­der­stand its ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem, but the de­tails of the trip, such as prin­ci­pals’ se­lec­tion cri­te­ria and process, were not shown to him. Of­fi­cers, he said, told him that no such file could be shown to him as per an order from the LG’s of­fice. “If this is the case, it will be im­pos­si­ble for me, the min­is­ter in-charge, to run the ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment,” Siso­dia wrote.

Bai­jal said it was not clear who gave Siso­dia such an im­pres­sion, but his of­fice had only is­sued a stand­ing order as per Rules of Trans­ac­tion of Busi­ness on the ex­ec­u­tive func­tions of the LG’s of­fice.

De­spite the mat­ter hav­ing been clar­i­fied earier, Bai­jal said, the is­sue was be­ing raised again on a file that he him­self had re­ferred to the deputy CM for his com­ments. The LG said that though no com­ment was re­ceived, he had okayed the pro­posal to avoid any loss of time.

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