KL NEWS NETWORK
Though the new transfer policy introduced by Department of School Education clearly makes it clear that a teacher with a disabled child or single parent or suffering from a fatal disease or having some family compulsions will be given posting of his or her choice, but the department has transferred at least 57 ailing teachers “on the verge of retirement to far flung areas from Srinagar to North Kashmir”.
A delegation of teachers alleged that clerical staff and some officials of the education department have been “using this transfer policy to mint money from the helpless teachers”. “I am a diabetic and lone person to look after my ailing mother. The department officials know it well and still I have been transferred to a far flung area. When I visited the Directorate Office with the grievance, the Personal Officer (PO) of Director School Education not only humiliated me but also used his peon to drag me out from the office,” an aggrieved teacher told CNS.
All the teachers alleged that PO of Director School Education “has been misbehaving with them”. “He is acting like an autocrat. When I told him that under rules I deserve to be posted at my choicest place, he threatened me of declaring me a Psychiatric patient, not fit for the teaching post,” said another teacher.
They said that out of 57 teachers transferred to far flung areas, the transfer orders of all but 23 teachers were revoked. “Most of these 23 teachers either greased the palms of officials or have affiliation with trade union,” the teachers said.
Pertinently, Department of School Education recently introduced a new transfer policy which it claimed to a ‘revolutionary’ one and under which three zones have been created.
A teacher transferred under zone ‘A’ will be able to return home in the evening while a teacher in zone B will need to change his residence. A teacher in zone C will be posted in tough or remote area like Ladakh, Machil, Tanghdar or Gurez for a year and later on will be transferred to his native place.