40% teach­ers bunk classes, go for ‘meet’

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­[email protected] hin­dus­tan­times. com

CBD BE­LA­PUR: Even though the an­nual ex­ams are around the cor­ner, it is an un­sched­uled hol­i­day sea­son in the city’s civic schools as 40% of the teach­ers are on leave, os­ten­si­bly to at­tend a teach­ers’ con­fer­ence in Sind­hudurg. Con­se­quently, many stu­dents have also stopped at­tend­ing classes. Civic of­fi­cials say they will in­ves­ti­gate if there is any dis­crep­ancy in the leave sanc­tion­ing process.

As many as 567 teach­ers of schools run by the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) ap­plied for leave to at­tend the con­fer­ence be­ing or­gan­ised by the Teach­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion at Oras vil­lage in Sind­hudurg, which has forced non-per­ma­nent teach­ing staff to con­duct sev­eral of the classes.

Speak­ing on con­di­tion of anonymity, a teacher said, “Around 95% of per­ma­nent teach­ers have taken mass leave, and it is very dif­fi­cult to take ac­tion against them as they are in per­ma­nent ser­vice.”

Up­set with the en-mass leave, a Shiv Sena del­e­ga­tion met Am­r­ish Pat­ni­gire, deputy mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner and ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer of NMMC, and asked him to look into the is­sue. Pat­ni­gire as­sured the del­e­ga­tion that he would ex­am­ine the is­sue and take strict ac­tion against those guilty of vi­o­lat­ing rules.

Ed­u­ca­tion Board chair­man Sud­hakar Son­a­vane said a teacher’s fore­most re­spon­si­bil­ity is to teach stu­dents. “Teach­ers be­ing on mass leave has se­verely af­fected the study of stu­dents. We will def­i­nitely take strong ac­tion in this re­gard,” he said.

Former leader of the op­po­si­tion Vijayanand Man ques­tioned the dis­cre­tion of the leave sanc­tion­ing author­ity, which granted the mass leave to teach­ers, and de­manded that strong ac­tion be ini­ti­ated against it.

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