Karnataka government allows teachers to work from home | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BELAGAVI: Schoolteachers working in areas that are still under lockdown or those that cannot travel to districts to rejoin duty, can now work from home, the government has said.
Although the academic year is set to begin only on July 1, government teachers were asked to report to schools to prepare for the new year.
Many teachers, especially ones in North Karnataka, had returned to their hometowns to be with their families when the lockdown was imposed.
With the government asking teachers in state-run schools to report to duty from Tuesday, many tutors were left in a bind due to non-availability of transportation services.
Many teachers working in North Karnataka are from Mandya, Mysuru, Kodagu, Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and Hassan. Moreover, a dozen districts are still under lockdown.
However, on Monday, the department of public instructions issued orders saying teachers who were stuck in their hometowns could report for duty on June 21, and those in districts which are still under lockdown can work from home.
Sources say the government may allow partial operations of bus services from Monday or it will arrange for teachers to travel to the districts where they work. Until then, they are expected to work from home.
A teacher from DK who is working in Bidar said the order is a big relief as booking a taxi for the trip would cost at least Rs 15,000.
“We hope bus services will resume from next week. Or else, the government must make special arrangements for our transit,” he said.
But Syed Hafizullah, an education activist, said teachers should have made arrangements on their own. Pressuring the government for an extension suggests lack of interest in attending to duty, he said.
Rule relaxed for women tutors
SSuresh Kumar, minister for primary and secondary education has directed the commissioner of the department of public instruction to amend the order regarding physical attendance of women teachers.
In a note, Kumar said in view of buses being off roads due to lockdown restrictions, women teachers (except those working in single-teacher schools) who do not have transport facility should be exempted from attending school till June 21. They have been asked to work from home till then.

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