Pradeep Pattanayak

As many as 10 junior teachers of Malkangiri district had to pay a heavy price for remaining absent from their respective schools for long 4 to 5 years. All of them have been terminated from their jobs. 

According to sources, these teachers were posted at different schools across the district. After serving for a few days, they stopped going to their respective schools. They continued to be on leave without informing their superiors. They being the government service holders, they must inform their superiors regarding the cause of their absence and when they will join their duties. 

Finding them going on leave for such a long period without any application, the department had served show cause notices to them. The department followed it up with several such notices. Newspaper advertisements were also published. But it seemed none of them took it seriously as they didn’t respond. 

Consequently, going to take action against these truant teachers, the District Education Officer (DEO) fired them from their jobs. None of these teachers could be contacted for their comments on the action taken against them.

(Reported by JItendra Beura from Malkangiri, OTV)