DoSE cracks whip on proxy teachers

Correspondent KOHIMA, FEB 25 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/25/2021 12:40:15 PM IST

 Teachers keeping proxies, holding dual jobs to face termination

After the Department of School Education (DoSE) began cracking the whip against proxy teachers in 2019, 12 teachers involved in the unethical practice have so far been detected.

The department also found that some government school teachers were doing private jobs during analysis of the Unified District Information System for Education (UDISE) data. 

Highly-placed sources informed Nagaland Post that after preliminary inquiries, it was found that the 12 teachers from different districts were at fault and disciplinary proceedings were initiated against them in 2019. 

Severe penalties were imposed on the 12 teachers – four graduate teachers and eight primary teachers – which included recovery of salary paid during the period of undertaking dual employment and reduction in scale pay in four stages for four years. 

DoSE was no exception when it came to poor school performance, proxy teachers, discrepancies in Mid Day Meal scheme, inadequate posting of teachers, especially math and science teachers, absence of head teachers etc. 

However, there was little or no mechanism in place to detect the anomalies that has been taking place until two years back when the department started cracking the whip against proxy teachers and has slowly been tightening the noose on teachers involved in unethical practices.

It was learnt that out of the 12 penalized teachers, two graduate teachers have resigned after paying the penalties imposed against them.

School Education principal director, Shanavas C told this correspondent that the department had earlier given strict warning to the erring teachers in the beginning and now it had started imposing huge penalties on those who would not mend their ways. 

He warned that the quantum of punishment against teachers keeping proxies and undertaking dual services would be more severe, to the extent of termination in the coming days. 

Further, he stated that the department was in the process of initiating disciplinary proceedings against those school heads that had turned blind eye towards the erring teachers under relevant provisions of the Nagaland Government Servant Conduct Rules, 1968. 

With the implementation of technology-based tools like online school monitoring system and Teacher app, Shanavas hoped that DoSE’s cleaning up operation would yield good results within a short period of time.   

Along with other officials from the directorate, he said he would conduct frequent surprise inspections and exuded confidence that the actions initiated would serve as lesson for all school teachers. 

It may be recalled that during a surprise inspection in Kiphire district in October 2019, the principal director had detected many cases of proxy and absentee teachers. 

The teachers were directed to send photos taken during school hours every day to DoSE. But, as two teachers did not comply with the directive, they were placed under suspension. But still, as one teacher failed to comply with the directive, he was terminated, while the other was imposed penalty of reduction in pay scale for two years after submission of an undertaking to work sincerely.

Further, in November 2019, the directorate’s officials were deputed for inspection throughout the State during which nearly 400 proxy teachers were detected. 

All these teachers were directed to send photos taken during school hours every day to DoSE, to which everyone obliged. They were also asked to submit an undertaking in prescribed format signed in presence of school heads, VEC/SMC/SMDC and DEO/SDEO.


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