Lectures, principals told to mark attendance twice in HP schools

SHIMLA/ December 2

In an initiative to maintain the discipline the state education department has ordered all principals, headmasters and lectures working in government schools to mark their attendance twice daily. The attendance register should indicate their time of arrival in school as well as time of departure.

It is for the first time that the school principals, headmasters and lectures have been asked to mark their attendance twice. Earlier they have been marking their attendance in the school attendance register for the single time.

Education department in its office order has clearly stated that those teachers who will not stick to this rule would have to face the disciplinary action. All the deputy directors have been asked to ensure the implementation of these orders in the all the schools strictly.

“We have taken this decision to improve the academic atmosphere of the government schools and make them more regular. It would enforce them to remain present in the school campus for the whole time. All the other state employees in all other departments are also marking their attendance twice everyday and if they are disciplined and punctual to their duty they should have no objections,” Director, Higher Education, Dinkar Burathoki said.

This decision of the education department is likely to directly affect the more than 17000 lectures, headmasters and principals working in the government schools of Himachal.

But on the other hand it has raised the ire of all these categories of teachers working in the government schools of Himachal.

“No college lecture and college principal is marking even single time attendance in the state. Why this rule is being imposed only on these categories of teachers,” questioned a leader of Government School Lecturer Association, Ashwani Kumar.

“The parameters of the discipline should be same for the all categories of teachers whether they are in working in schools or colleges of state,” he said.

The state president of Headmaster Officer Association Prakash Thakur said that first director education himself should set an example by following these orders.

“ In the office manual of the state no one has been relaxed from the condition of marking attendance for single time. But the many of high official of the education department are not following these orders,” he added.

Sources said that the all the concerned unions of the teacher were planning to oppose this move of education department unitedly.

In 1999 such orders were imposed by the education department on the schools lectures but were withdrawn later due to the strong opposition by them.

The state education department had also imposed such orders on the college lectures last year but these were also withdrawn as they had also strongly opposed these orders.