As per sources in the education department, complaints had been filed to the Education Minister
that a section of teachers had been missing school and giving organisational work for their political party as a justification.
The teachers have allegedly been using this as a privilege to try to leave school before the final bell rings and skip classes at regular intervals. On Saturday, however, Chatterjee issued a stern warning to such teachers, telling them to straighten up.
“No teacher will able to leave or skip classes citing completion of organisational work of Trinamool Congress as the reason. It will not be tolerated,” said Chaterjee.
The department sources have however said a certain section of teachers is trying to avoid their duties, saying they are active TMC workers.
They reportedly even tried to influence other senior teachers in their school who protested their early flight from school. It is to be remembered that the state government has recently come up with the decision to employ retired teachers to fill the vacancies in many schools.
But the Education Minister had earlier said it would be a “stop-gap measure” to fill up a large number
of vacant posts in primary and secondary schools in the state.
Only schools which are facing serious a dearth of teaching staff would be filled up by those retired teachers. However, the state government is looking into the issue of appointing teachers with “extreme urgency”, sources in the education department said.