Considering poor performance of SAS Nagar schools in board examinations year after year, the education department finally woke up on Monday and conducted inspections in over 99 schools only to find nine teachers absent from duty, while 26 reported late to the work.

The inspections were carried out as a reality check to ascertain the reasons for the consistent poor show of these schools in both Classes 10 and 12 exams.

As many as 23 department teams conducted raids at different schools of SAS Nagar.

Only Barnala is below SAS Nagar when it comes to poor results; SAS Nagar is also known for VIP postings of teachers due to its proximity to the state capital, Chandigarh.

“In many schools, teachers were found sitting idle and many others reporting late, while many of those who were found present in their classes were not using blackboards. If teachers don’t use the blackboard, how will students learn,” said a department official, adding that all the teachers had been directed to use blackboard and report to classes on time.

“In one of the schools, since the teacher was not available, a principal was attending a history class. Such kind of practices should be followed by other schools as well,” added official.

He added, “The teachers should be held accountable for poor results to ensure discipline in schools. There is a need to create conducive environment for studies.”

“SAS Nagar is in close proximity to Chandigarh, and teachers are not expected to behave carelessly. Show-cause notices will be issued against all those who were found absent and appropriate action will be taken,” said director of public instruction (DPI), schools, Balbir Singh Dhol.

The SAS Nagar schools have been performing poorly for the past consecutive five years, with only 61.77% students clearing Class 10 this year. Moreover, not even a single student of total 5,578 students, who cleared the board exams, managed to find a place in the state merit list of 355 students.

Even in the Class-12 results declared on May 13, SAS Nagar failed to record a pass percentage of just 69.1%. Though, the saving grace for the district was three Class- 12 girls making it to the state merit list. After the results were announced, the education department had even issued notices to five principals and 11 teachers.