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Anitha, daughter of a daily wage earner, allegedly hanged herself at her house in Ariyalur district on September 1 after she learned that the state was not exempted from the ambit of NEET.The petitioner alleged that in several government schools, teachers are absenting themselves and not taking classes.He cited the example of the Panchayat Union Middle School at Siruveliyanallur in Cheyyar, where the headmaster was absent continuously and not taking classes for more than three months, compelling the villagers to lock the school.
When the matter of the strike came up, special government pleader T N Rajagopalan informed the court that the headmaster has been suspended and a charge memo issued to him on August 24.The court asked the government why the biometric system should not be introduced in state-run schools to prevent unauthorised absenteeism and whether it was viable to install CCTV cameras in schools to verify attendance of teachers.
Observing that equally committed, devoted and sincere teachers are also working in government schools and their contribution need to be highly appreciated, the court said it was only concerned with the erring teachers.
Noting that a section of teachers has been boycotting classes from this month, thereby spoiling the education of poor students, the court sought information from the authorities concerned on the number of teachers unions striking without attending classes, among others.It asked if retired teachers were also functioning as office bearers of the teacher's unions, whether private school teachers are participating in the strike or only a section of government and aided school teachers alone were doing so.
The court also sought to know how many schools were affected due to the strike and what steps the government had taken to prevent the teachers from boycotting the work.The judge then posted the matter to September 14.
The Joint Action Council of Teachers Organisations and Government Employees Organisations (JACTO-GEO) had given a call for the strike from September 7 to press for their demands, including restoration of the old pension scheme.
( Source – PTI )