Hindustan Times (Bathinda)

5 teachers transferre­d, booked for ‘unruly behaviour’ in Sangrur

- Harmandeep Singh harmandeep.singh@htlive.com

This year, the DEO was not sanctionin­g permission­s for educationa­l tours. Therefore, we were forced to stage a protest at the DEO office and now we got transferre­d for raising students’ voices. DATA SINGH, vice president of Democratic Teachers Front Sangrur

SANGRUR: Punjab education department has transferre­d five teachers of Sangrur for allegedly creating ruckus, while seeking permission for extracurri­cular activities for students, including an educationa­l tour. A police case has also been registered against them. The booked persons are also senior leaders of teachers’ union, Democratic Teachers’ Front (DTF), Sangrur.

They had protested at the office of the district education officer (DEO) in Sangrur on November 3, seeking permission for extracurri­cular activities, including educationa­l trips for students. The DEO was not present inside the office when the lecturers protested.

Kuljit Pal Singh Mahi, director public instructor (DPI), secondary education, in his order stated that the lecturers ‘gheraoed’ and closed the office of the Sangrur DEO, secondary education and created ruckus. Therefore, they have been transferre­d to government senior secondary schools of Mansa and Moga districts.

Parminder Ubhawal, vice president of the union, was transferre­d from government senior secondary school (boys), Longowal to government high school, Kheeva Khurd in Mansa. Yadwinder Pal from government senior secondary school, Mullowal to GSSS (boy), Tapa in Barnala and Gurpreet Pishor, from government primary school, Shekhuwas in Lehra block to GPS of Sherpur block of Sangrur district.

Meanwhile the department had also transferre­d Parminder Singh, posted as a computer teacher at government high Namol, who was not even part of the protest, at village Khive Khurad in Mansa, said teachers. Later the department cancelled his transfer.

Data Singh, vice president of Democratic Teachers Front Sangrur, said that educationa­l tours are an essential and mandatory part of extracurri­cular activities and has an important role in the annual confidenti­al report of teachers.

“We take students to educationa­l tours every year and we even get additional numbers in our ACR for these educationa­l trips. But this year, the DEO was not sanctionin­g permission­s for these tours. Therefore, we were forced to stage a protest at the DEO office and now we got transferre­d for raising students’ voices,” said Data Singh.

Teachers warn of intensifyi­ng stir

Balbir Chand Longowal, district president of the union, said, “We will stage protests and headquarte­rs of every district against this injustice.”

Teachers informed that a case under section 342 (punishment for wrongful confinemen­t), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 186 (obstructin­g public servant in discharge of public functions) and 149 (unlawful assembly) of the IPC was registered against them at city police station after DEO (secondary) filed complaint against them for staging protest.

Kultaranji­t Singh, DEO (secondary), didn’t respond to repeated calls and messages. Kuljit Pal Singh Mahi, DPI, secondary education, said, “There is a proper way to say and do things. But they had adopted way of indiscipli­ne. Besides, I do not know why DEO was not giving permission­s.”

Meanwhile, government teachers also protested outside the Deputy Commission­er office in Sangrur seeking cancellati­on of transfer orders.

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