The School Education Department has terminated 13 teachers from their services in the last two weeks for prolonged unauthorized absence from their duties in schools.
Following the termination of six teachers last week for their unauthorized absence, the J&K School Education Department has sacked seven more teachers from their services.
The termination orders have been issued by the Director of School Education Kashmir (DSEK) pursuant to the decision of the committee in terms of Article 113 of J&K Civil Services Rules (Volume I) of 1956 and Rule 30 (V11) of J&KCCA rules 1956.
A teacher namely Shayista Akbar who was posted at high school Tarzova, Baramulla has been terminated from services for not resuming duties for a prolonged period of time after availing her leave without pay from her duties.
The DSEK order said the teacher applied for leave without pay for three months from June 13 of 2018 and did not resume her duties after expiry of the leave and remained un-authorizedly absent from her duties from September 13 of 2018.
“The teacher was provided enough opportunities to resume her duties which she failed to avail despite serving her another show cause notice by directorate on May 18 this year,” the order reads.
The order said the teacher responded to the notice on June 7 this year which however was found unsatisfactory and unsubstantiated.
“Remaining un-authorisedly absent from duties attracts action as warranted in terms of Article 128 of J&K Civil Services Rules (Volume I) of 1956,” the order reads.
Referring to the J&K civil service Act, the order said absence without leave or after the end of leave involves loss of appointment.
“The issue was placed before the designated committee to examine the case which recommended that action may be initiated in terms of Article 128 of J&KCSR Vol-I of 1956 for remaining un-authorizedly absent from her legitimate duties,” the order reads.
Pursuant to the decision of the committee, the teacher has been removed from the service of the State in terms of Article 128 of J&K Civil Services Rules (Volume I) of 1956 and rule 30(vii) of J&KCCA rules 1956, the order reads.
Another teacher Avinash Pandita who was posted in district Kupwara has been terminated from services for remaining unauthorisedly absent from duties for a decade.
“The teacher reported before the CEO Kupwara along with original testimonials on June 6 of 2011 and thereafter did not turn-up. Without availing any benefit of said appointment the teacher remained un-authorizedly absent from duties from June 2011,” the order said.
It further states that the Pandita applied for resumption of duties on February 4 this year after a gap of more than a decade but was not allowed to do so.
“Pursuant to the decision of the committee the teacher has been removed from the service of the state in terms of Article 113 of J&K Civil Services Rules (Volume I) of 1956 read with rule 30(vii) of J&KCCA Rules 1956,” the order said.
Another teacher, Shahida Zargar posted in Quilmuqam zone of Bandipora district has been terminated from her services for being unauthorisedly absent from her duties from October 2016 to December 2017 and from April 2021 onwards.
Another teacher Arif Akbar Bhat posted in Hariganiwan zone of Ganderbal district has been removed from his services for his un-authorised absence from duties from February 2015.
“The teacher was provided opportunities to be heard by the directorate. He responded to the notice but on its examination it was found unsatisfactory and unsubstantiated,” the DSEK order said.
Other teachers who have been terminated from their services are Saima Mushtaq Farooqi who was posted in B K Pora zone of Budgam district, Asma Kounsar posted in Soura Srinagar and Kulsuma Qadir posted in Hanjipora Tarzoo of Sopore in Baramulla.