SRINAGAR: The state government has violated its policy of not keeping a teacher at one place of posting for more than two years during the recent mega transfer of more than 6,000 teachers.
In Srinagar only, several teachers posted at SP, MP and Kothi Bagh schools, employees in many internal departments of director school education’s office and SSA and RUMSA teachers have stayed for more than five years without.
“In MP, SP and Kothi Bagh schools there are Math and Physics teachers who have served nearly 10 years uninterruptedly yet they don’t figure in the list. Most employees of all offices of the DIET have over stayed. Similarly there are employees in legal, cultural, monitoring cell of director’s department. The irony is that an RT teacher who has been appointed in Ganderbal has been serving in the director’s office for the past 15 years,” said an official at director’s office on the condition of anonymity.
The 343-page mass transfer order that was made effective a day before schools reopened after a gap of eight months shifted more than 6,000 teachers in a single go. Scores of teachers visited the director’s office for the second consecutive day on Thursday in a bid to stop, or modify to their liking, their transfers.
In the order, the government has transferred scores of teachers who have only a few months of their service left, and who have not completed the mandatory two years of stay at a posting.
In Kashmir zone, transfer of teachers is made during winter vacations, and not before two years of permanent stay. Female teachers who have given a birth are given a special concession.
However, a number of female teachers who have babies aged less than two-and-a half years are transferred too. On Thursday, many such teachers landed at the director’s office and pleaded before officials while displaying the birth certificates of their babies.
Education minister Altaf Bukhari told Kashmir Reader that the transfer of teachers who have reasonable problems will be reconsidered.