The real reason behind the poor performance of SAS Nagar schools for the past consecutive five years was revealed when the education department finally conducted raids in over 99 schools on Monday. 23 department teams carried out the inspection and found nine teachers as absent from duty, while 26 reported late for work.
"In many schools, teachers were found sitting idle and many others reporting late, while many of those who were found present in their classes were not using blackboards. If teachers don’t use the blackboard, how will students learn,” asked a department official.
After the raid all the teachers were directed to use blackboard and report to the classes on time.
"In one of the schools, since the teacher was not available, a principal was attending a history class. Such kind of practices should be followed by other schools as well. . . The teachers should be held accountable for poor results to ensure discipline in schools. There is a need to create conducive environment for studies.” added the official.
Only 61.77% cleared Class 10th and 69.1% cleared Class 12th this year from the SAS Nagar schools. Among them only three, Class-12 girls had managed to get into the state merit list and for Class-10 there was not even a single student who got into the list out of total 5,578 students who cleared the exam.
"SAS Nagar is in close proximity to Chandigarh, and teachers are not expected to behave carelessly. Show-cause notices will be issued against all those who were found absent and appropriate action will be taken,” said director of public instruction (DPI), schools, Balbir Singh Dhol.