By Insha Latief
SRINAGAR: For the third consecutive day, the office premises of DSEK (Director of School Education Kashmir) were filled with teachers complaining about their transfer orders. Several teachers came with written grievances to submit them to the DSEK office. The clerks told them they themselves didn’t know what they are supposed to do.
A teacher working in Ganderbal had applied for a transfer but in the lengthy 343-page mass transfer order issued by the DSEK, her name was missing. “This department is full of corruption,” she said in anger. “The director himself is in Jammu and from there he is instructing his staff, but they still do not know what they are supposed to do.”
Two teachers were transferred from a school in Baghwanpora to another school. The headmaster of the school where they have been transferred to told them that the school cannot accommodate more teachers. Both the teachers were carrying relieving orders but have nowhere to join.
One of them said, “The government has warned that stern action will be taken if a transferred teacher does not join her posting. But where will we go? No teacher has been transferred out of that other school.”
Another teacher from Srinagar said, “I have been working in a school at Ganderbal for the past seven years. I have been transferred to Kangan but there is no proper transport facility in that area. The school lacks basic infrastructure also. Students sit on mats and there is only one washroom common for both males and females.”
Another teacher who was transferred from Bandipora to Gurez said that she doesn’t need this job. She said, “I have told my parents categorically that I don’t want this job. I cried when I went to the school where I have been transferred. There is no transport facility and I have to walk through a field to reach the school.”
Many teachers complained that health problems prevent them from travelling long distances.
An official who wished anonymity said that the transfer order was made for the entire state in one go. “About 7,000 teaching staff were transferred. If the transfers would have taken place at the district level, errors wouldn’t have taken place,” he said.
According to officials, the transfer policy says that females should get transfer at a distance that they can reach easily, but this time they have been posted to far-flung areas.
GN Shakir, spokesperson of the DSEK, said that issues will be sorted out in due course of time. He said, “Massive transfers lead to errors and this has happened, but we all are working to sort this out as soon as possible.”
Shakir claimed that the transfers have not disturbed studies at any school. “Teachers are teaching students in every school. All teachers have not been affected by the transfer,” he said.