TURA, July 01: In what smells overbearingly of political muscle being flexed, three teachers from the Phulbari region in West Garo Hills (WGH), whose names featured in the tainted list of teachers in the education scam, were given contractual teaching jobs in various schools in the region.
The three teachers have been identified as Sayad Hassan of Borshibandha Government LP School, Azibor Rahman of Belbari Government LP School and another Raj Kishor Pandey of Government LP School of Kaimbatapara. All the three teachers’ names appeared in the CBI list of tainted teachers despite which they were able to get contractual jobs.
The matter came to light after a letter by the Director of School Education and Literacy (DSEL), Ambrose Marak sent a notice to the SDSEO, Dadenggre (under which the schools fall) seeking an explanation for their appointment as well as the cancellation of their jobs. The notice also asked as to why action should not be initiated against the SDSEO for the indiscretion.
The order was sent on May 21, 2018.
According to sources from the education department, the three were recruited in the year 2011-12 with the current SDSEO having no hand in the process of recruitment. However their jobs were terminated with immediate effect after the receipt of the notice from the DSEL.
“The Directorate examined the complaint petition and verified from the CBI report and found their names on the tainted list. You are therefore directed to immediately cancel their appointment and terminate their above mentioned teachers,” said the direction by the DSEL.
When contacted on the matter, the DSEL, Ambrose Marak, confirmed the termination of services of the named teachers.
Meanwhile the appointment of the three tainted teachers, through the circumvention of the law, has not gone down too well with some people.
“They have been on the job for close to 6-7 years now by cheating and through the help of politicians. Legal action has to be initiated against them. The state should also ask them to repay back the money they earned as salaries,” said a resident of Phulbari.