Teachers allege irregularity in Education department promotions

The School Education Department has ordered promotion of Masters and Teachers as in-charge lecturers allegedly in violation of rules.

Greater Kashmir received several emails and phone calls alleging “fraud” in the promotions.

According to aggrieved Masters, Lecturers and Teachers, those who have been promoted have obtained their PG degrees during services through distance and regular mode from outside state universities. “They have been preferred to those who have entered the department as post graduate candidates.”

They said the “lacunas” were observed by verification teams from DSEK and DSEJ which stands mentioned in tentative seniority lists. However, these candidates, whose degrees were allegedly questionable, have been promoted as in-charge lecturers.

“During the verification of their degrees, it was established that scores of in-service Masters have obtained their degrees through distance and regular mode without taking permission from the department. They have not maintained the leave record on their service books for the same period,” a group of aggrieved Lecturers and Masters told Greater Kashmir.

Already, the government order number 940 of 2017 issued by Education Department prohibits Teachers and Masters from obtaining degrees without prior permission and without marking leaves in their service books.

“Many masters and teachers have violated the department rules in Kashmir as well as in Jammu division. Ironically, all of them have been promoted to the post of lecturer by the department,” the teachers said.

Earlier in 2017, the issue was referred to General Administration Department (GAD) for its remarks to authenticate the degrees obtained from study centres of outside state universities.

As per the government order 940 of school education department issued in 2017, the GAD had advised the department to devise a department-specific mechanism as envisaged in government order number 252-HE of 2012, dated May 30 of 2012.

The education department had set certain conditions for verification and authentication of the degrees obtained from study centres of outside state universities.

“Masters who have got PG degrees from IGNOU and MANUU without doing bridge course have been given the benefit of promotion while as people who enter department as PGs from reputed state universities have been left high and dry,” the aggrieved teachers said.

Meanwhile, a top source in the department alleged that the authorities have cleared the promotions in haste in order to provide the staff in recently upgraded high schools to the level of higher secondary schools. Director school education Kashmir (DSEK) Muhammad Younis Malik was not available for his comment.