The education department of Uttarakhand has decided to “monitor” the social media posts of its teachers. A top officer said that action will be taken against those criticizing the department on public platforms instead of raising the issue with the department.
Newly-appointed director of secondary education, Seema Jaunsari, has asked all the chief education officers (CEO) to keep a watch on such teachers. “Action will be taken against them according to the set guidelines,” she said.
“Instead of posting their issues on social media, the aggrieved teacher can write a letter to us and their matter will be solved with immediate effect,” the director said.
Jaunsari asked the CEO’s to solve all the department-related issues in their respective districts within 15 days.
“The department and government are sensitive towards solving the various problems of the teachers and other employees but controversial comments on social media by them won’t be tolerated.
If a teacher has any issue, he should come forward and explain it to their immediate head,” said a senior official.
Orders have also been given to address promotion-related issues of the teachers with utmost priority.
There have been several instances recently where teachers took to social media to criticize the department on issues ranging from their posting to promotion. Some of them face departmental action.