Various school teachers and residents of South West Garo Hills (SWGH) have written to the Director of School Education and Literacy (DSEL) over allegations of illegal appointment of teachers in district schools.
The teachers stated that a Right to Information request revealed anomalies, including the appointment of overaged teachers and those that are not qualified.
The complaint named one Raju Seal, who, despite, having Modern Indian Languages as his alternative subject, was recruited to a job in a Bengali medium school.
The appointment was allegedly made by the SDSEO of SWGH at the Bottola Government LP School in Mahendraganj.
Furthermore, on the matter of overaged teachers, the complaint added that one Biswajit Dey, aged 33, was a private school teacher before being appointed at the Mahendraganj Government Lower Primary School. Similarly, Uday Mahanta was also appointed at an assistant teacher in a government school. Mahanta was allegedly a part of the merit list despite being over-age.
Another allegation by the complainants was the facts that not only were there over-age candidates and unqualified ones appointed, but even residents from Assam were given teaching posts in the district.
The complaint claimed that one Zekis Hussain from Assam was appointed to the Bildoba Government Lower Primary School.
The complainants alleged that the appointments were done knowingly by the SDSEO of SWGH.
“The appointments are arbitrary and illegal in nature and done in conduit with the SDSEO, who despite knowing that the appointments were illegal, was the one involved in such malpractices. We request you to kindly invoke the illegal appointments made by the SDSEO and accommodate the eligible candidates as per merit,” the teachers told the DSEL.