No transfers of teachers after March 31: Govt

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March 30:Irked by the frequent pleas of teachers for modifications in their transfer orders, the Directorate of School Education Kashmir (DSEK) has decided to stop “all the transfers within two days” in a bid to ensure presence of teachers in schools.

The DSEK remained congested days after the department reshuffled the teachers to their new postings. Teachers continue to knock the doors of the directorate with the pleas to get their transfer orders modified and get posted as per their convenience.

Fumed with the frequent rush of the teachers in the Directorate, the authorities have decided to stop the transfers from March 31 this year.

“No orders will be issued after that. We need teachers in schools, not here in the Directorate. The academics in schools is getting affected as the teachers remain busy with their transfer pleas here,” Director School Education Kashmir, Dr. Shah Faesal said.

The department started mass reshuffle of teachers in the first week of March under the new transfer policy. Under the new policy the department held transfer melas and sought three choices from the teachers for their new place of postings, however the teachers complained of unsuitable postings stating that their choices were not considered during the transfers.

“We had given three choices as per our convenience but the new posting orders have been issued without considering our choices,” said a group of teachers, who had come to DSEK to get their orders modified.

Interestingly the department has already banned the mid-term transfers of teachers in a bid to avoid disturbance in academics in schools.

The choices given by teachers were reviewed by a panel comprising of Zonal Education Officer (ZEO), Deputy Education Planning Officer (DEPO) and respective Principals of Higher Secondary Schools who were designated as cluster heads.

The teachers, mostly females, also accused the higher authorities of not implementing the parameters of new policy in letter and spirit.

As per the new transfer policy the department had claimed that it would consider the health issues of the teachers before deciding about their new postings, however the teachers complained that they were posted in far off areas causing inconvenience to them.

However Shah Faesal said the teachers were not ready to serve in rural areas and keep frequenting the Directorate. “They have developed a culture of transfers. No one is ready to serve and it is not possible for the department to give choice posting to each teacher,” he said, adding that choices were sought from teachers but it was not possible to go by the choice of every teacher.

The department is caught in a tight spot as all the teachers and masters want to be posted in city. “As humans it is not possible for the department to adjust all the teachers in city,” he said.

Following the inconvenient posting of teachers, the orders were later modified by the concerned district authorities and adjusted the teachers as per their convenience.

“Most of the transfer orders were modified for one or the other reason. Some blue eyed teachers were retained at their present place of postings while as those having premature stay at one school were transfer to far of places,” officials said.

The department in some areas has failed to maintain Pupil Teacher Ratio (PTR) wherein the authorities have to post five teachers in Primary Schools while as eight in a Middle School and 10 teachers in High School.

“We tried to maintain PTR in schools but we will also look into these violations in coming times. Actually the department has a huge manpower of 70000 teachers and it is not possible to settle all the things in a single attempt,” Shah Faesal said.

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