Under fire, Bihar govt withdraws order asking school teachers to monitor open defecation

Under fire, Bihar govt withdraws order asking school teachers to monitor open defecation

PATNA: The state government in Bihar has withdrawn its earlier order asking school teachers to make rounds of rural areas and click pictures of those found defecating in the open.

Reports quoting local media said the government withdrew the order on Thursday following heavy protests from various teachers’ unions.

The opposition RJD too had mocked this order.

“By asking the teachers to monitor the open defecation campaign, the state government has made adequate arrangements for their thrashing,” RJD chief Lalu Prasad had said.

Education Minister, however, has denied such order.

“No such order was issued by the state government. The teachers had been only told to keep a tab on the open defecation in the areas without disturbing teaching works,” Bihar education minister Krishna Nandan Verma was quoted as saying in the local media today.

Through an order issued recently, the teachers had been reportedly allotted one of the two shifts to discharge this duty – 5:00 am and 4:00 pm.

But the teachers expressed strong resentment over the bizarre order saying it was really shameful to click pictures of those relieving in the open.

“We support the cleanliness drive of the state government but engaging the teachers is really shameful. It’s like destroying the education system,” a teacher union leader Shatrughan Prasad Singh Singh said.

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