The schoolteachers have expressed concern over special fine of Rs5,000 imposed by the DCO on teachers coming late to duty or casual absence from school, said by Punjab Teachers Union (PTU) President Waqar Nadeem here the other day.  He was chairing a meeting of PSTs and ESTs here.  Reportedly, monitoring and evaluation assistants visited primary and middle schools where they recorded number of latecomers and casually absent teachers from schools last month.

They reported to DO Monitoring Mst Lubna Nazir who asked officers concerned to inquire into the matter and impose fine that should not be less thanRs5,000.  A number of affected schoolteachers met with the PTU President who appealed to the Education Department high-ups to remove the punishment of fine imposition on teachers and accept their casual leaves.  He said that teachers were doing extra duties like door-to-door universal primary education survey, polio vaccination, election duty, consensus survey, dengue days and summer camps on public holidays without any honoraria.

On the other hand, the district government was pressing very hard and trying to create an environment of turbulence and anxiety among schoolteachers which would not help by any mean to create learning atmosphere, he added.

He appealed to the DCO, DMO, EDO Education, DEOs and Dty DEOs to consider the matter sympathetically.