Controversy over suspension of two teachers in Makum
From our Correspondent
TINSUKIA, April 28: Gopal Krish Girls’ School, Makum, a premier educatiol institution for girls in Tinsukia district, is embroiled in a controversy over the suspension of two science teachers on April 20 by the Inspector of Schools, Tinsukia, Abdul Jelil under clause 6 of Service Conduct Rules pending departmental proceedings, even as his action was considered unilateral with strong resentment from the student and teacher community.
According to reports, on April 20, the two science teachers Bikash Baruah and Mridu Mangal Saikia reached school much beyond permissible time, while Bikash Baruah was allowed to enter school, Saikia was detained outside the locked gate as he reported further late. After persuasion by teachers, the Headmistress of the school, Deepali Chakraborty permitted Saikia to enter. Soon after, the teacher duo allegedly resorted to unpleasant behaviour with the Headmistress leading to unruly situation in the school. Apprehending breach of tranquillity, Chaktaborty lodge a complaint to the Inspector of Schools (IS) and as a follow-up, the IS Jelil instantly placed two teachers under suspension.
According to school sources, both the teachers are perennial late comers and were often told to report on time which they never complied. Bikash Baruah, who is a science graduate with ZBC combition and origilly appointed at Sibsagar, got mutually transferred with a science teacher of PCM against the academic interest of the school, while Mridu Mangal Saikia, a daily commuter from Dibrugarh had persistently sought transfer to Dibrugarh which IS Jelil refused and in course of time both the teachers became defiant to authority. It is also being questioned as to how Saikia has been drawing house rent when he is not a resident of Makum or adjoining areas.
Expressing his views to The Sentinel over the suspension imbroglio, IS Jelil was firm in his action saying that both the teachers were given sufficient opportunities to rectify themselves despite being defaulters and negligent in primary duties even as they were even told this time to seek apology in writing to the Headmistress, which they declined, said Jelil. Any teacher showing solidarity with the suspended teachers and working against the interest of the institution will face discipliry action, he warned, adding that he was making altertive arrangement for science teachers so that classes were not hampered.