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Edu Dept puts cap on casual leave, teachers upset

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Tribune News Service

Faridkot, October 25

To stop teachers from availing all of their unutilised casual leave (CL) in the next two months before these lapse on December 31, the School Education Department has directed the district education officers (DEOs) to ask the school heads to restrict the CL to not more than two days each in November and December.

With teachers taking their unutilised leave together in November and December, there is a loss of study in the most crucial time for the students, who have to make preparations for the annual exams, reads the letter by the Director, School Education Department

“The teachers should be asked to desist from availing more than two CLs each in November and December,” the Director wrote.

While a woman teacher can avail maximum 20 CLs in a year, a male teacher with 10-year service can take up to 10 days of leave per year. For the male teachers with 10-20 years of service, 15 CLs can be taken while after the completion of 20 years of service, 20 CLs can be taken. Some teachers said the letter had caused discontent among them. As November and December have many festivals and weddings, many employees save their leave with the motive of utilising these for attending functions in their families. Now, with a cap on taking CL, the teachers would have to either avail earned or without-pay leave, they rued.



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