SRINAGAR: On Wednesday, when schools opened after eight months in Kashmir Valley, chaotic scenes were witnessed at the office of Director Education where teachers gathered to protest the mass transfer orders issued against them.
As soon as the teachers came to know about the 343-page transfer order, the longest in the history of the education department, they assembled in the director’s office to protest. The teachers said that the order was wrong on three counts.
First, they said, the teachers who had just a few months left for superannuation had been transferred and sent for training. Second, they said, teachers who had served less than a year in a school had been transferred out. Third, many teachers who were serving for more than two years in the department, the minimum time period an employee has to serve at a posting before a transfer, had not been transferred.
“I will attain superannuation in April this year. I have been transferred to another school and I also have to go on training. This is technically impossible, as the formalities for retirement can only be completed at the school where I am serving at present,” a teacher said.
Education Minister Altaf Bukhari told Kashmir Reader that the department is willing to rectify any “human error” in the order.
“It is a transfer order of 4,000 teachers. A human error is possible. In case a teacher has been transferred before completing his term or a teacher who has few months left for attaining superannuation, it would be rectified. Let them approach the department,” Bukhari said.
In the Kashmir ‘zone’, according to the department’s transfer policy, transfer orders of teachers are readied during the winter vacations, while in Jammu zone the same takes place during summer vacations, to avoid disruption during mid-session.