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Chandigarh, February 20: A former teacher of Sanawar School, DR Rajinder Singla, today alleged that he was sacked after he demanded some information from the school under the Right To Information Act (RTI). Addressing a press conference at Press Club, Sector 27, Singla alleged that the school has a number of irregularities and the school authorities were not ready to confront it. Singla said, â€œWhen the school authorities were not ready to answer my queries I went through the RTI and submitted a 13 page application to the regional officer of CBSE at Panchkula.
A few weeks later I received a letter from the headmaster of the school stating that my services had been terminated with immediate effect.â€
He further said, â€œ While I was denied the information the first time I had asked for it under the RTI act, the regional officer at the CBSE office in Panchkula, Kushal Singh later directed the headmaster of the school to provide me with the required information.â€
Singla also alleged that the school authorities direct the teachers to act and function as per their wishes, failing which they are harassed.
He added, â€œ those who have been harassing the teachers include R P Aggarwal, Chairman of board of governors and education secretary to the Government of India, Jai Singh Gill, former chief secretary, Government of Punjab, Omar Abdullah, MP from Jammu and Kashmir and Lt General A N Aul, chief of staff, HQ Western Command, Chandimandir.
Many teachers have been sacked by the school without serving any notice or explaining the reason of doing the same.â€
Meanwhile, refuting the allegation, Praveen Vasisht, Headmaster Sanawar School, said, â€œSingla had a poor record.
He has been sacked as per the decision taken by the board of directors and not because he requested for information. He is making false allegations about the school because he himself is at fault.â€
Singla also said that he would be filing a case against the school authorities in the District Courts soon.
Former Sanawar teacher alleges harassment at the hands of school authorities
New Delhi, April 13
The Central Information Commission has directed the Delhi Directorate of Education to disclose information relating to the job details of two teachers of a private city school after a query was raised under the RTI Act.
The panel, in a recent order, asked the Directorate of Education, Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi, to disclose information on the job details of the teachers of the city-based Mamta Modern Senior Secondary School.
Information sought regarding teachers in the school was established to be accessible to the Director under the Delhi School Education Act, 1973, and hence to every citizen, said Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah.
Rejecting the contention the school was private and hence exempted from the RTI disclosures, the commission said the information sought was accessible to the state-run Directorate of Education.
The commission, which noted the provisions of the Delhi School Education Act applied to all recognised schools (in the Capital), had extended the purview of the RTI Act to many private schools in the Capital.
The CIC, which was hearing the appeal of one Surendra K, has ordered the state Directorate of Education to disclose the information within a period of 28 days.
Surendra, in his application, had sought information seeking complete job details of Vandra Purang and Pallavi Sharma, serving as teachers in the school.
The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Delhi and neighbourhood