By Insha Latief
SRINAGAR: Aggrieved teachers unhappy with their transfers are still thronging the Directorate of School Education to get their grievances redressed, three weeks after a random mass transfer of teachers was executed by the department.
Rubiya, a teacher in mid-fifties complains that she has to travel from Rawalpora to Soura daily to reach her new place of posting.
“I have to travel a lot. I am slipping into depression with all this mess” said Rubiya.
“I takes me two and half hours to reach Higher Secondary School Soura from home and same time to reach back and sometimes even more than that because of the traffic jam,” she said.
Another teacher, Abida Ashraf who has through health problems, and carried a medical certificate from Chief Medical Officer, hasn’t got any response from the director’s office yet.
She has to walk three kilometers to school after reaching Sumbal because there is no transport facility in the area where she has been posted.
“I have under treatment for osteoarthritis for knee joints. I have been advised to avoid travelling and steep walking. My husband was here from some days and the Director said things will be sorted out after elections because of code and conduct. This is injustice to us,” Abida complained.
According to teachers, some people have been deployed to convenient places for some months but not transferred permanently. And many have not received any response from DSEK yet and have been continuing at places where they were transferred.
Asifa Ajaz, another teacher said, “They have turned education sector into something insane. On one side, they talk about quality education but how this is possible when teacher will be tired of his job. What quality education he or she will provide to students when he will himself feel mental exertion by long commutes.”
G N Shakir, Spokesperson of Education department said that the Director Rajeev Ranjan Kumar has ordered to dispose all the grievances to respective Chief Education Officers.
“If there are still some special cases, they should meet Director’s office and their grievances will be heard too,” Shakir said.