By Insha Latief
SRINAGAR: While the Education department is grappling with chaos in the aftermath of bulk transfers on the first day of reopening of schools, the director school education has not been available in the office. Sources said Director Rajiv Ranjan Kumar left for Jammu early last week and was back by Monday evening.
A number of teachers who have been visiting the directorate to get problems with their transfers resolved complained that the director was not available anytime in the office.
“We are in confusion, as we are told to submit our representation of grievance but how long it will take? For how long we have to wander in directorate aimlessly?” a teacher said, asking not to be named.
Another teacher said that she was visiting the directorate despite health issues that made it difficult to travel. “We need to talk to the director. In his absence, we are moving from pillar to post, coming here regularly and nobody seems bothered,” she said. The teachers said that they were told to submit their representation in the grievance cell, but “that too got closed after three days”.
“Now clerks at DSEK are telling teachers to submit the representation in the district office,” they said.
Some female teachers having health issues were accompanied by their male relatives who were helping them in submitting the grievances and trying to find where the grievances have to be submitted.
GN Shakir, Spokesperson DSEK said that the director was on an official visit to Jammu. “There is no confusion among teaching staff,” he added. He said the directorate and the chief education offices have received 900 applications related to transfers. “Of which 60 claim to be premature and 50 have health issues, rest are inconvenient posting, we will issue modification regarding genuine premature and health cases,” said Shakir.
Education Minister, Altaf Bukhari, told Kashmir Reader that he was unaware of director’s absence in Srinagar. However, he added that Director Ranjan “has to attend a meeting on 9th regarding the release of salary to 65,000 SSA teachers that was pending from six months.”
Bukhari added that errors in the transfers would be rectified soon. “There are errors and my department is working on it. My message to teachers is that errors will be rectified. Let the teachers start working at the schools where they are transferred, we will clear the ambiguity,” he said.