The Bihar government has warned of strict disciplinary action, including cancellation of appointment of newly recruited teachers if they form any ‘association’, or become part of it, and indulge in any form of protest against the policies of the Education Department. In a stern directive to newly appointed teachers, the Education Department in a statement on November 11, Saturday, said around 1.20 lakh teachers, who cleared the Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) recruitment exam 2023 received ‘provisional appointment letters’ on November 2, as stated in a report by PTI.
With regard to this, the statement said that they have not been allotted postings so far, nor have they started teaching in schools. But it has come to the notice that some of them have formed an association or become part of it and are criticising the Education Department’s policies, it is a grave misconduct under the Bihar Government Employees Conduct Rules-1976, they said. “…they must refrain from indulging in such activities. The department will initiate strict disciplinary action, including cancellation of their provisional appointments with immediate effect if they are found guilty”, the department said.
Further, it said that. “Teachers selected from BPSC should not form any kind of union nor be a part of it. The attention of these school teachers has been drawn to Paragraph 7 of Section 17 of the Code of Conduct of Bihar School Teachers Rules 2023. Under this, Bihar Government Servants Code of Conduct 1976 applies to all school teachers”.
“The provisionally appointed teachers have formed an association. Formation of this association is illegal… This illegal association has also got its letterpads printed. The department has sought an explanation from an office-bearer of this association, who is a newly recruited teacher. Provisional appointment of such teachers can be cancelled with immediate effect”, said the department.
However, despite repeated attempts, Bihar Education Minister Chandrashekhar was not available for comments.
Reacting to the Education Department’s statement, Raju Singh, Convener of the TET (Teacher Eligibility Test) Primary Teachers’ Association told PTI on November 12, “We are in support of this decision of the Education Department. The newly recruited teachers, whose appointments are provisional in nature, can’t form or become part of an unregistered association. It’s illegal. They can do it only after the completion of their probation period. Everybody has the right to express his or her views, but it should be as per the provisions of the law and government employees conduct rules”.
As many as 1.20 lakh candidates cleared the examination held by the BPSC for 1.70 lakh posts of teachers in the state. The appointment letter distribution events were held in Patna Gandhi Maidan besides every district of the state. The BPSC conducted the Bihar Teachers Recruitment Exam 2023 on August 24, 25, and 26, in the offline mode. The exam was conducted at designated exam centres across the state, as stated in a report by PTI.