Teachers transferred during mid session in Bandipora
Move is all set to affect the academics of the students, say insiders
Srinagar: Under the garb of rationalization, the school education authorities in Bandipora district have transferred teachers in mid-session of the academic year, violating the set norms of the department.
A group of teachers from Bandipora said the zonal authorities in Zone Bandipora and Quil have reshuffled the staff to accommodate the blue eyed teachers at convenient postings.
The teachers said the transfers has adversely affected the ongoing academic activities and overall functioning of the schools.
The teachers said the rationalization of staff is done on need basis to streamline the disproportionate pupil teacher ratio in schools. But, they said, in Bandipora the exercise has been started to favour some teachers at the cost of the academics of students.
“For rationalization, the school heads are taken on board to discuss the requirement of staff or surplus staff posted in the schools. But the authorities have not even consulted the heads of the schools before rationalizing the staff,” the teachers said.
They said the zonal authorities in zone Bandipora and Quil Muqam have ordered the postings citing that they have directions from the office of chief education officer.
“But it is yet to be ascertained whether the CEO has asked them to rationalize the staff in such a manner,” the teachers said.
Besides teachers, the flawed reshuffle of teaching staff in schools has also agitated the local residents of these two zones who have approached the deputy commissioner’s office in Bandipora seeking his intervention to stop the practice.
“This is not rationalization but adjustment of blue eyed teachers as per their convenience. Nobody is concerned about the students which should be the primary concern for everyone,” said a local resident.
Director School Education Kashmir (DSEK), Muhammad Younis Malik acknowledged that some schools had surplus staff which was affecting the academics in teacher deficient schools.
“We want to provide adequate staff in every school for which department has decided to rationalise the available staff in schools,” Malilk said.
Asked about the complaints in Bandipora, he said the issue will be looked into. “I will take up the matter with CEO Bandipora to resolve the issue,” he said.
BSF claims arrest of two Pak nationals in Kutch
Bhuj (Guj): Two Pakistani nationals were apprehended in Harami Nala creek area along the Indo-Pak border in Gujarat’s Kutch district Thursday.
The Border Security Force (BSF) also seized their fishing boat, an official said.
The two intruders were being investigated, the BSF official added.
On May 20, two Pakistani nationals had been nabbed for illegal entry into the country in the nearby Sir Creek area.
Meanwhile, Kutch West police have stepped up search in the creek area after three packets of narcotic drugs, worth Rs 15 crore in illicit markets, were found near an island Wednesday.
The packets, weighing one kg each, had washed ashore during a high tide.
According to police, Pakistani drug peddlers had dumped as many as 137 packets of drugs into the sea when the Indian Coast Guard intercepted their boat off the Kutch coast on May 21.
During the ongoing search operation near Sugar creek and Narayan Sarovar, five more packets of a narcotic drug, suspected to be brown heroin, were recovered Thursday, said a police official.
“We have found five more packets in the creek area today, taking the total number to eight. The DRI (Directorate of Revenue Intelligence) has told us that 129 such packets are still in the sea. We have stepped up our search,” said Inspector General of Border Range, D B Vaghela.
On May 21, six Pakistani nationals were arrested by the DRI near the Jakhau port and 194 packets of drugs were seized from their boat. However, the smugglers threw some packets into the sea when they were intercepted. (PTI)