As many as 12 teachers and one Assistant Tribal Welfare Officer have been placed under suspension by the authorities concerned on charges of consuming liquor on the premises of the Tribal Welfare Ashram School for Boys at Edugurallapalli village in Chintur mandal.

The action followed a dharna staged by the students of the Ashram School on Sunday in protest against the alleged consumption of alcohol by a group of 12 teachers of the total 16 teachers of their school on the pretext of hosting a “retirement party” for one of their colleagues on Saturday night.

The students also charged the errant teachers with turning the staff quarter on the school premises into a virtual ‘bar’ and neglecting their designated duties.

Support from

adivasi groups

The representatives of the Adivasi organisations expressed their solidarity with the agitated students and sought stringent action against the errant teachers for allegedly neglecting the welfare of the inmates of the ashram school.

Meanwhile, the District Education Officer (Agency) N. Rajesh conducted a preliminary inquiry on the incident at the ashram school on Sunday.

Probe ordered

A total of 12 teachers and one ATWO have been suspended based on the findings of a preliminary probe into the incident, said G.Veerapandian, Project Officer, Integrated Tribal Development Agency, Bhadrachalam.

A detailed inquiry has been ordered into the incident, he told The Hindu .

They allegedly consumed liquor on the school premises on pretext of hosting a ‘retirement party’