3 Punjab teachers go abroad without permission, DEO summons their files

The Punjab government's recent decision to dismiss around 1,200 government school teachers as part of its attempt to crackdown on the teachers settling abroad without informing the education department, seems to have had no bearing.

Over the past month, three more teachers have flown to foreign countries without seeking approval from the state education department. Sources said Hindi teacher at the Government Middle School in Bhatte, the Social Sciences (SS) teacher of the Senior Secondary School in Naugajja and the Economics lecturer of same school have flown to Canada and Australia. They added that while the Economics lecturer has flown to Australia and other two teachers have gone to Canada after all three applied for a month's leave in January.

When contacted, District Education Officer (DEO) Neelam Kumari said the matter has been brought to her notice recently and the files of the three teachers have been called to the DEO office. "No teacher of government school can leave the country without taking approval from the department," she said. Sources said that the Director General School Education (DGSE) K S Pannu has also sought details of the three teachers.

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