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Turn up on time

Nanise Loanakadavu
Thursday, January 24, 2013

TEACHERS who fail to appear on the first day of school should have a genuine reason.

And for those who did not attend school for seven consecutive days will be deemed to have resigned.

These were revealed by the permanent secretary for Education Dr Brij Lal yesterday when asked what action were likely to be taken against teachers who failed to turn up in school on the first day despite several warnings from the head of the ministry.

This newspaper received a few complaints from parents who wished not to be named who raised their concerns on their child's teacher.

A parent of a prominent all boys' school said his son had returned home early because his teacher did not turn up on the first day of classes.

Dr Lal said those normally happened for new graduate teachers who were still waiting for the ministry to finalise their postings.

"All teachers are aware to come to school yesterday (Tuesday)," he said.

"If any teacher failed to come to school on seven consecutive days, he or she will be deemed to have resigned," he added.

The ministry, he said urged all teachers to be responsible and put their students' needs first.