Times of India | 4 days ago | 23-09-2022 | 04:16 am
Panaji: After a youth Premanand Rekdo had to take classes at government primary school in Valkini, Sanguem, which was without a teacher for 10 days, director of education Shailesh Zingade said that the incident will be investigated and action will be taken against the teacher who did not report to work. Zingade said that injustice has been done to students and that another teacher has been deputed and reported to duty on Thursday.“We had issued an order appointing a new teacher, but he did not join by giving some or the other reason. Today (Thursday) we have appointed a new teacher at the school. He will join within two to three days. We will investigate why the appointed teacher had not joined. We will see what is the issue and will take action if the teacher is found to be at fault,” Zingade said.The 18 students at government primary school, Valkini, were left without a teacher when its only teacher retired last month. “The assistant director of education inspector (ADEI) had the power of deputing the teacher. Order was issued for the teacher to join. Usually we give them levy of two to three days. When the teacher did not join for almost 10 days, the ADEI reported it to me,” Zingade added.The school was without a teacher since the school reopened post Ganesh Chaturthi vacations on September 7. Seeing the plight of the students, Rekdo had stepped in to conduct classes on Wednesday.“My service is purely voluntary. I decided to engage the students in classes with the sole purpose of ensuring that they do not suffer in academics. The school would have to be shut if there was no teacher and the students would have gone wayward. I have seen first-hand the plight of our students during the Covid pandemic,” Rokde had said.“Sarpanch had identified the youth and spoken to me beforehand and then allowed him to hold classes. It was not difficult for the appointee teacher to join. We had posted him there seeing that it was closer for him to travel to. We will take action because this is injustice done to students,” the directorate of education said.He added the state is short of primary teachers and they have begun the process of appointing 142 new primary school teachers.