Rajasthan teachers given potty-watch duty; to send pics via WhatsApp

Jun 07, 2016, 07:54 IST | Agencies

They have to send photos of those defecating in the open to seniors on WhatsApp 

Kota: The district education department in Jhalawar, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s home town and assembly constituency, has asked government teachers to check open defecation in their respective school areas by going out at 5 am to generate awareness and also click photos of those found relieving themselves in open.

The order, however, has not gone down well with teachers’ organisations, which said such a job is inappropriate, particularly for women teachers. A senior official in the department said the order requires teachers to send a report and photographs through WhatsApp to senior officials everyday. The order was issued on June 3 and will come into effect on June 21.

The practice has been started at some schools in the district since February and will be taken up in rest of the government schools as it has yielded “positive results,” the DEO said.

Ajay Jain,
Former president, Jhalawar Shikshak Sangh
Is this now the only job left for teachers to do instead of teaching?

Jyoti Sharma,
General secretary of Jhalawar Shikshak Sangh
The job is inappropriate, particularly for female teachers. But, we are government servants and we must follow the government’s orders.

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