The education minister, on the eve of teachers’ day, was addressing the teachers of various institutions across the state. Following the repeated incidents of harassment of teachers, the minister gave a strong message saying, no such offender will walk free.
It is to be remembered that some miscreants recently entered into the teacher’s room of Nadia district’s Shantipur College. One of the miscreants pointed a gun at a professor.
Some teachers who had not turned up in school on the day of recent bandh were heckled by the political leaders, heads of the student unions and also few students.
Such reports were submitted to the higher education department, particularly in minister’s desk.
“I have talked to the Vice Chancellors of universities, principals of the colleges and many other teachers. I have asked them to inform me about such incident that would happen,” Chatterjee said.
Chatterjee ensured that police will not see any political colours or identities before arresting such offenders. “Police have already taken strict actions against them.”
However, to put an end to such practice by students in universities and colleges, the education department is trying to introduce a model code of conduct for teachers and students.
The state universities and affiliated colleges have to abide by the moral code of conduct. The code of conduct would restrict the interference of student unions in the administrative work of colleges and universities.
However, Chatterjee on Monday brought good news for school and college teachers who were posted away from their home.
“The state government is trying to transfer those teachers near their residences. The postings were made in accordance with the merit, but it made some teachers go very far from their residences. Some of those teachers have applied for transfer, near their homes and we will definitely consider their appeals,” Chatterjee said.
The state government makes postings on the basis of merit lists published by the School Service Commission. But it is evident that the teacher, who resides in Kolkata, has to go to East Midnapore on a daily basis to attend school. “We are mulling to make postings on the basis of home locality,” Chatterjee said.