Tiruvannamalai: Teachers of Sri VDS Jain Higher Secondary School, a government aided school, in Tiruvannamalai were shocked to know that their former colleague, N Mahadevan (53), who was dismissed from the school for misbehaving with girl students, has been awarded with the State Government’ s Dr Radhakrishnan Award for best teacher. He received the award from Education Minister N.R. Sivapathy at a programme held in Chennai on September 5.
N Mahadevan, presently Director and Principal of Sishya Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Tiruvannamalai, was dismissed from service from Sri VDS Higher Secondary School in Tiruvannamalai town after the charges against him was proven. The dismissal ordered had been issued on November 16, 2006 stating that he had been removed from the service since he was placed under suspension on January 4, 2006.
Mahadevan approached the Court against the suspension order. However, the court dismissed the case and directed to face the enquiry of the school management, said the sources. After he was sacked from the service, he joined in a private school as principal. “It is really shocking to hear that he was honoured with Dr Radhakrishnan Award. It is like mocking the award. Moreover, a teacher who had been suspended cannot be considered for the best teacher award,” said another teacher of the school.
Denying the allegations, Mr Mahadevan said, “The school management treated the teachers like slaves. I opposed their attitude. So, they built a false case against me to get rid of me and dismissed me.”