Govt reprimands teacher for critical FB post about administration of exams 

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P Premachandran, Warning notice | Photo: Facebook/ P Premachandran

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala General Education Department issued a warning to a higher secondary teacher for his Facebook post, which criticised the administration of exams in the state.

The General Education director, K Jeevan Babu, has issued a warning notice to P Premachandran, a Malayalam teacher at Government Girls Higher Secondary School in Payyannur, Kannur. The warning was issued because of a controversial Facebook post made by the teacher, which caused panic among students and parents and was seen as an attempt to turn them against the government.

According to the notice, disciplinary action was taken for allegedly violating the Kerala Government Servants Conduct Rules, 1960 by criticising the government policies in public.

In the Facebook post, Premachandran found fault with the government for including questions from outside the proposed focus area in the higher secondary examination of 2022.

After receiving the warning notice, Premachandran said that academic criticism is not a criminal offence and added that he would question the disciplinary action.

Kerala School Teachers Association (KSTA) activist Premachandran will retire from service on May 31.

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