The Bihar government has issued a stern warning to newly appointed teachers, prohibiting them from forming or participating in any associations or protests against the Education department’s policies. This directive comes as a response to the formation of an unauthorized association by some newly recruited teachers, who have been criticizing the department’s policies.
The Education Department emphasized that newly appointed teachers are not yet officially employed and have not commenced teaching. Any involvement in associations or protests will be considered serious misconduct under the Bihar Government Employees Conduct Rules-1976, and violators face strict disciplinary action, including immediate cancellation of their provisional appointments.
The department clarified that teachers selected through the BPSC recruitment exam are not permitted to form or join any unions. They are bound by Paragraph 7 of Section 17 of the Code of Conduct of Bihar School Teachers Rules 2023, which mandates adherence to the Bihar Government Servants Code of Conduct 1976.
The Education Department has already sought an explanation from an office-bearer of the unauthorized association, who is a newly appointed teacher. The department reiterated that provisional appointments can be canceled promptly if any teacher is found engaging in such activities.
Bihar Education Minister Chandrashekhar was unavailable for comment despite repeated attempts.
Commenting on the Education Department’s decision, Raju Singh, convener of TET Primary Teachers’ Association, expressed support, stating that newly recruited teachers, holding provisional appointments, cannot form or join unregistered associations. Such actions are illegal and can only be undertaken after completing the probation period. While everyone has the right to express their views, it must be done within the confines of the law and government employee conduct rules.
In conclusion, the Bihar government has taken a firm stance against the formation of teacher associations and protests by newly appointed teachers, upholding discipline within the education system.