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Teachers fume as Education department deploys them for jobs other than teaching.

A fresh circular by the education department has evoked criticism from the teachers across J&K who have been asked to participate in a 15-day long “Swachhta Hi Seva” campaign to be organised by the directorate of rural sanitation in collaboration with the Pratham foundation NGO from September 15 to October 02.

The circular issued from the office of state project director (SPD) Samgra Shiksha has asked all chief education officers (CEOs) to “fully cooperate with the directorate of rural sanitation and Pratham foundation for successful conduct of all the scheduled activities during the campaign.”

Ahead of the campaign, teachers in all districts have received a daylong training. As per the official figures, 68 teachers from Srinagar district alone have attended a daylong pre-campaign training programme at DIET Srinagar. “Similarly, a good number of teachers in other districts have also attended such training programmes,” sources said.

The teachers have assailed the government decision saying “If teachers are engaged in these activities then who will teach in schools.”

As per the circular, the department has asked the CEOs to depute master trainers and resource persons for their participation in the programme. “But the authorities have not finalized the list of new resource persons at the district level due to which the teachers have been asked to participate in the campaign,” the teacher said.

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