Bajura, April 22
It has come to light that a teacher, who had been absent for three years has been receiving salary at Chaityapipal Suryodaya Lower Secondary School of Budhiganga Municipality, Bajura.
It is learnt that Budhiganga Municipality and school management have been paying teacher Sushila Raule for the past three years though Raule has been living in Dhangadi for the past three years. Raule was appointed Nepali teacher on relief quota.
Raule kept a proxy teacher in January 2018 for three months at the school in her absence. Three months later, she came to school and received salary. She was not present at the school in between. Raule hired a local as a proxy teacher with monthly salary of Rs 10,000 for three months in July 2018. She came to school in August, received her perks and left for Dhangadi.
School Management Committee chair Dhan Bahadur Thapa said that school had deposited Raule’s salary of four months is in her bank account. Surprisingly, for the four months she was paid, she did not report even a single day at the school. Neither was anyone hired to work as her proxy. Salary was paid though attendance was nil.
Thapa said that school management had decided to sack Raule from her post on December 25, 2018, but the municipality had protected Raule. “The school management sought permission to announce vacancy so as to appoint a new teacher by sacking Raule, but the municipality ignored our request,” Thapa stated.
The school has filed a case with the District Administration Office as the municipality ignored our request. According to Thapa, they have filed a case against municipality chief, deputy chief and executive for protecting a reckless teacher.
District Education Development and Coordination Unit Chief Gopal Dutta Joshi said the DAO had written to his office to take stock of the situation and do the needful.
A version of this article appears in print on April 23, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.