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DSE conducts surprise inspection, finds schools closed, teachers gossiping

Showcause notice issued to school cluster resource person

Mail News Service

Seraikela, Nov 25: To ascertain the ground reality of academics at government schools even in far flung parts of Seraikela-Kharsawan district, the District Superintendent of Education (DSE) Charles Hembram adopted a rather innovative means for surprise inspection. He went on a bike, incognito and caught teachers and school administrators flatfooted on Friday. Hembram issued a showcause notice to the school cluster resource person Kalipado Mahato.

At 9 am Hembram along with Seraikela block MDM in-charge Rajaram Mahato reached the Upgraded Middle School of Hathnada village in Chandil but found it closed. The DSE then summoned the school’s principal and took him to task for keeping the school closed even when it was time to start classes.

Hembram then went to Kalajhor primary school and found that too closed with two para-teachers gossiping by the roadside. When the school finally opened, Hembram found that the school’s building had not been whitewashed. The number of students attending classes was also far below full capacity. The DSE then directed the teachers to improve the students’ attendance, open school on time and maintain discipline.

The next stop on Saturday’s inspection drive was new primary school in the far-flung Udaipur village of Adityapur. Till date, the school that is surrounded by hills had not seen any senior official of the education department pay a visit. Hembram found that the school building that was to be built in 2007-08 was still incomplete.

After the inspection, the DSE said that the teachers of the school did not show much interest towards academics and records of the school too were incomplete. Of the nine students enrolled in the school, seven were in attendance. Hembram then located the houses of the two students who were absent and spoke to their parents. He impressed upon them the necessity to send their children to school regularly and also informed them about various government schemes and benefits associated with children’s education. He also instructed that the school’s records should be updated within the next three days and a progress report about this should be submitted to his office.

At Hudu village in Seraikela sub-division the SDE was told that of the six teachers, four were on leave. He found a teacher, Manoj Kumar Verma, in charge as the principal too was on leave. According to norms of the education department at a time 50% of the total number of teachers appointed to a school can take leave. Hembram could not inspect the school’s record as Verma told him that he did not have keys to any of the offices.

Following all these stark revelations Hembram showcaused Mahato and asked him to clarify why he had not sent any report concerning his mandatory visits to all schools in his jurisdiction even once a month. Asking Mahato why punitive action should not be initiated against him, Hembram to explain why the school building in Udaipur village is yet incomplete and why schools under his jurisdiction were not functioning according to schedule. Hembram has directed Mahato to submit his reply to all the charges against him within five days.

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