Education department mulling revival of teacher transfer policy in UT

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CHANDIGARH: Principals of government schools across Chandigarh have been demanding the transfer of over-stayed teachers who, they allege, have started meddling with the working of school authorities. The district education officer (DEO) conveyed the demands raised by the principals to the higher officials of the UT education department. Officials have started deliberating on revival of teacher transfer policy which was introduced back in 2012 in Chandigarh.
As per the proposed teacher transfer policy for UT, officials have been demanding transfer of principals and heads after every five to seven years; of lecturers after every 10 years; of teachers after every 12 years. The time period as laid in the demands are tentative as of now for the policy still awaits a final nod. According to the allegations raised by the principals, there are teachers who have stayed for over 10 to 25 years in one school.

A recommendation in this regard has been sent for approval to higher officials of UT education department and final approval for implementation will be sought from the UT administrator.
As per the officials from UT education department, the policy for transfer of teachers has been existing, but has been non-functional since a long time. “When we joined in 80’s and 90’s, there used to be regular transfers of teachers from one school to another every 10 years and every five years in case of principals and school heads. However, it somehow became nonfunctional after 2007. DEO office started receiving representations from principals requesting for transfer of teachers who had over stayed for very long time,” said a source from the department.
Though, the officials are refusing to share extensive details, it has been disclosed that the education department has proposed to transfer principals and heads after every five or seven years, lecturers after 10 years and other teachers after 12 years.
The policy will be applicable on all teaching cadre posts, including nursery trained teachers, computer and vocational teachers, master, mistresses, lecturers, principals and headmasters. While teachers welcomed the move, they questioned the need of holding deliberations over a new policy as it had already been made in 2012.
“The education department had formed a policy for the transfer of teaching /non-teaching staff in government schools of Chandigarh with effect from the session 2012-13. I wonder why they are deliberating on the policy again as they should rather be thinking of implementing the one which exists, with transparency,” said a teacher requesting anonymity.
Another teacher requesting anonymity said, “It is good that after so many years the department is planning to implement the teacher transfer policy. We just hope that it is transparent.” When asked why deliberation of transfer policy are being done, a senior official requesting anonymity said, “It was formed long time back. With time, changes need to be introduced.”
Talking about the need of a transfer policy, the official said, “There are many teachers who feel they have a monopoly over a school because they have been teaching there for more than 14-15 years and have never been transferred. The implementation of transfer policy will sort out this issue. Also, there is a divide between rural and urban schools as none of the teachers want to be transferred. With proper implementation of the transfer policy, every teacher will have to serve in rural as well as urban schools.”

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