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Teacher cries foul over sacking by Indian school.

MUSCAT: A teacher recently "sacked" by Indian School Seeb authorities has approached the Indian Embassy seeking intervention in the matter.

She had been teaching in the school for nearly six months without a job visa, even though she claims she had been repeatedly asking for one but to no avail.

Bloomy Prajish, the sacked Indian School Seeb teacher, told Times of Oman: "I sat for five tests conducted by school authorities and only then was I selected. During the time of my joining in June, the selection letter provided by the school authorities stated that I would get all the benefits as per the Omani Labour Law and was also assured that I would be a given a job visa as soon as possible.

"I successfully completed the three-month probation period in August. After that, till October 31, I worked there. But when I asked a job visa on October 21, I was terminated," she alleged.

Bloomy also alleges that she has not been paid her last few days' salary.

Even though the termination letter - a copy of which is available with Times of Oman - shows that Bloomy was terminated because the school "could not obtain necessary approval of the regulatory authorities of Oman", the school management committee (SMC) president, who signed the letter, told Times of Oman that Bloomy was "unfit" to be a teacher.

"We received a lot of complaints that she is unfit to teach. So, we terminated her," George Mathew, the SMC president said.

When asked why she was not terminated soon after the completion of the probation period, the SMC president said they were "waiting for a suitable replacement".

However, in the period she was employed, the school was allegedly making her to continue the job by providing a letter issued every 10 days. Bloomy and three more teachers revealed to Times of Oman that there are 16 more teachers in the same school taking classes without a proper job visa.

When asked about the president's statement, Bloomy alleged: "If I was unfit they could have kicked me out after the probation period.

They didn't.

"It happened only when I asked for a job visa and complained against them at the Indian Embassy. I didn't get the job through any influence or recommendation."

Meanwhile, Shaji Sebastin, a social worker, said that Bloomy's case was not a single one.

"There are a lot of Bloomys in the Sultanate, who are remaining mum and suffering all kinds of harassments. Many teachers are exploited. Many have told me that they feel insecure, always. If it is a promoter school, then we can understand. But how can this happen in a school, which is under the authority of the Indian schools board " he wondered.

"The authorities concerned should come forward to resolve this issue. There are scores of teachers all over the Sultanate facing similar situations. They all remain mum because they are afraid of facing the consequences," Sebastin alleged.

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Publication:Times of Oman (Muscat, Oman)
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Date:Nov 23, 2011
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