Already in a fix regarding the strict performa for evaluation of their Annual Confidential Reports (ACRs), the Punjab government school teachers are now in another dilemma.The state government teachers association is crying over new guidelines in which teachers have been asked to avail minimum 15 days medical leave in one go. In the recently issued guidelines, the state government’s education department has directed its teachers to follow the new guidelines in which they have been asked to avail at least 15 days medical leave.
On the other hand, the government teachers are not in a happy mood over the move. They said that the government has added another fuel to the fire after it notified the strict performa for ACRs earlier this month. The government teachers said that they had been availing minimum 10 days of annual medical leave previously. They further added that a teacher had been availing 2-3 days of medical days in total. Now, the present guidelines have made it clear that at least 15 days medical leave is mandatory for teachers.
Showing his resentment over the new guidelines, Hakam Singh Walia, president of Government School Lecturer Union alleged that the board’s move of issuing new guidelines is unjustified and not acceptable to them. “The new guidelines for medical leave would not make any sense. In normal circumstances, a teacher would not need more than 3 days of medical leave. Similarly, the recent move of government education department to introduce new format for ACRs is very complicated and confusing. In the new format it has been mentioned that the teacher teaching a board class will be given 70 percent weightage. We will call a meeting with the teacher unions in state and will make a representation before the state education authorities”, he said.
The teachers also said that the government has upgraded 373 schools recently for which the principals have not been appointed. They have also demanded to increase the promotion quota from 55 per cent to 75 per cent. “The state education department is taking its decision in an arbitrary manner without taking the government teacher fraternity into confidence”, said a government teacher.
Meanwhile, Balbir Singh Dhol, DPI (Secondary Education) said, “It was unnecessary to make a hue and cry over the guidelines. The decision was taken after consultation with education department officers and school representatives”. Earlier this month, the government teachers had opposed state education department’s move to introduce ‘apparently’ strict performa for evaluation of their Annual Confidential Reports (ACRs).
The state government’s education Department has directed its teachers to follow the new guidelines in which they have been asked to avail at least 15 days medical leave.
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