Education Department–thy name is nepotism

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I’m a teacher by profession with high qualification. Unfortunately, the department we’re serving in is beset with issues that frustrate a teacher and take a toll on his performance. The unnecessary interventions from various quarters including media and bureaucracy, is eating into the vitals of this department.

As an example, I, not long ago, was stuck up in a traffic jam which resulted in my late arrival at the school by almost an hour. The school head immediately served me a memo and forwarded a copy of it to his next higher authority. Without applying his mind, the officer placed me under suspension. I pleaded before him to take into account the reasons of my late arrival but he wouldn’t listen and went ahead with exercising his powers.

I had no choice but move court and earned an immediate reinstatement order, however, not before wasting two precious months in the process. The honourable court was patient enough to give due regard to my pleas as I was close to superannuate. 

This is the ugly face of the department where teachers are tossed like a tennis ball and punished indiscriminately without any regard to their status and position.

Pertinently, the same officer who placed me under suspension has allowed a teacher to stay at home for fifteen long years. The teacher in question has never bothered to attend to her duties for the past fifteen years as she happens to be a close relative of a valley-based newspaper editor. The department as it looks has been lenient enough to give this lady a long rope to enjoy freely. This is pretty painful. 

If the media is abused in such blatant manner to drain the exchequer while the dedicated and sincere staff is allowed to suffer, I must say we’re living in a wrong place. The amount that this teacher has drawn so far without attending to her duties would certainly run into lakhs of rupees. 

With such examples, it’s easy to understand that journalism in Kashmir is fast losing its credibility every passing day and it may erode even further if the arrogance and Hitler-type methods are not put to halt by the government. Some newspaper editors, it looks, have put the officers under their feet to achieve their personal goals.

Huma Qureshi

humaqurashi222@gmail.com

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