Promoted four years back teachers still awaiting formal orders
Srinagar: The school education department has come under severe criticism for delaying issuance of conformation orders of more than 200 teachers who were promoted as in-charge masters some four years ago.
A group of aggrieved in-charge masters accused the department of adopting selective approach in issuing formal orders in favour of teachers whose promotion has been cleared by departmental promotion committee (DPC).
Pertinently, the director school education Kashmir (DSEK) in October last year claimed to have cleared confirmation of 267 in-charge masters. However, the in-charge masters said they are still awaiting the formal orders from the department.
“We were promoted as in-charge masters in 2014 and till date we are waiting for our conformation order which is sheer injustice with us,” the aggrieved in-charge masters said.
They said a total of 1100 in-charge masters were awaiting confirmation and the department cleared their promotion in phased manner which was followed by issuance of formal confirmation orders as well.
“Out of 1100, confirmation order was issued in favour of 622 in-charge masters as permanent masters. Later, cases of 267 in-charge masters was also cleared in DPC but confirmation order was issued in favour of only 35 masters,” the aggrieved masters said, adding that others were left to fend for themselves.
“We are subjected to step-motherly treatment. Most of us are at the verge of retirement,” the in-charge masters said.
They said the department was making to headlines on basis of bogus and hollow claims of addressing grievances of teachers.
“If DSEK claimed to have cleared confirmation of 267 in-charge masters in October last year why the department is delaying issuance of formal orders. They have no strong excuse to justify the delay,” the in-charge masters said.
They said the directorate is delaying the issuance of formal orders claiming deficiency of vacant posts.
“We fail to understand why our cases were cleared in DPC if department had no vacancy for masters. It is a rule that DPC clears cases only after assessing the vacancies in the department,” the aggrieved masters said.
Director School Education Kashmir (DSEK) G N Itoo said the department is looking into the issue and formal confirmation orders in favour of left out in-charge masters will be issued soon.
“We are completing the formatives as their posts will be shifted from teacher to master grade. So we have to issue formal orders only after finding the clear vacancy of master posts,” Itoo said.