Teachers in a fix as timely approval not granted

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JalandharPosted at: Jan 1, 2018, 2:54 AM; last updated: Jan 1, 2018, 2:54 AM (IST)

Aparna Banerji

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, December 31

The two-month clause implemented on child care leaves to be allocated to the teachers of the education department has had the teachers in a fix. While the child care leaves are allocated in case of a child’s exam or medical care exigency, teachers argue that they don’t get to know about both these situations two months ahead.
Consequently, teachers have to take their own medical or casual leaves to make up for the leaves which have not been allocated on time. Teachers said while date sheets were issued by schools just a week to 20 days before, in case of medical emergency of their children as well, they can’t possibly inform the department two months ago. 
A letter issued in this regard in December states, “While the child care leave cases are sent a week before to the department. Due to this, the studies of the students suffer. The letter also says that maximum child care leaves are sought in the months of December, January and February, though the department has already cleared, in a letter issued on December 16, 2014, that the cases issued in these months will not be considered.”
The said letter was issued on 15 December 2017. 
So the employees had to apply for the leaves two months before, with a certificate regarding how many times a child care leave had been sought by the same employee before.
While some teachers said their leaves were never sanctioned on time because by the time they got to know about their kids’ date sheets, the time period (two months) – for the leave had already lapsed and in some cases, the leaves sought by teachers one or two months ago was sanctioned a month late, by which the exams of their wards had already taken place. 
A Jalandhar-based woman teacher said, “A letter was put up by me in September for child care leave at least 15 to 20 days before my kids’ exams but the letter was rejected, citing that I should have applied for the leave at least a month ago. The education department itself issues date sheets a week ago to students at times. None of the private schools issue date sheets before 15 to 20 days. How can we apply for the leave two months ago when we don’t even know when our kids’ exams have been scheduled. It’s the same for the medical care leave for children. We don’t know two months ago that our child is going to fall sick. Teachers are hence forced to take their own medical leaves to make for the child care leaves, because these are never sanctioned in time by the department.”

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