Many teachers are using ‘links’ in order to get posting at Lakhanpur for COVID-19 duties as they don’t want to teach students, sources informed.
Sources said that when COVID-19 daily cases were at a peak a couple of months ago, then schools were closed and some government teachers were posted at Lakhanpur. Now, many of these teachers are using various means in order to get themselves posted there. As coronavirus infections reached a very high number, district administration Kathua deputed teachers from various educational zones of Kathua, Lakhanpur, Barnoti and Hirangar for various duties related to COVID-19.
Responsibilities of these teachers involved assisting medical staff in testing, managing records of truckers and other related administrative works. At that time, many of these teachers cited a range of excuses like medical reasons, family issues and other problems to get their duties cancelled.
Sources alleged that many influential teachers have been favoured by Deputy Commissioner’s Office Kathua for last many years as they have ‘good relations’ with officials which violates rules.
Sources informed that many teachers who were posted in rural areas like Basohli, Billawar, Bani have somehow convinced authorities to post them at Lakhanpur rather than sending them back to their respective schools in which they have been posted. Sources told that these teachers are natives or have a permanent residence in Kathua but they have been posted in rural and hilly areas, so they are trying every way possible to get posting at Lakhanpur.
They are also seeking help of their colleagues working in Chief Education Office or in other offices located inside premises of the DC office complex. Many of these teachers are even comfortable with bribing concerned authorities for getting themselves posted at Lakhanpur.
Teachers who are posted at Lakhanpur for Corona related duties have to work only for 15 days in a month and rest 15 days are treated as leaves. So teachers find it more attractive for getting posted at Lakhanpur rather than going to schools in hilly areas and teach students for which they are actually employed by the government.