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Posted at: Jun 11, 2019, 8:10 AM; last updated: Jun 11, 2019, 8:10 AM (IST)

Edu Dept mulls reviving teachers’ transfer policy

To be applicable to all teaching cadre posts in UT schools

Naina Mishra

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 10

After a gap of seven years, the UT Education Department is mulling to revive the transfer policy for teachers in government schools.

The policy will be applicable to all teaching cadre posts — principals/headmaster/lecturers/masters/vocational teachers and JBTs.

Presently, the department follows a pick-and-choose policy for transferring teachers. While the transfer policy is still being formulated, the initial deliberations reveal that the teachers may be transferred from one school to another after a set period of time depending upon their cadre.

The objective of the policy is distribution of human resources in an optimal manner to protect the academic interests of students and maximising job satisfaction among employees.

A proposal has been made to transfer principals and school heads after every five to seven years, lecturers after every 10 years and other teachers after 12 years. The transfer policy, once formulated, will be sent for approval to the higher officials of Education Department.

Further, the divide between the urban and periphery areas will be bridged through transfers. There has always been hesitation among teachers of government schools in UT sectors to teach in peripheral areas and vice-versa. Teachers posted in the rural schools have been waiting for long for their transfers to city schools.

According to a senior official of the department: “In 2007, the Education Department stopped transfers through the policy. Prior to this, teachers used to be transferred every 10 years and schools heads were transferred after every five years.”

Transfers were also done on the basis of requests — two years in the case of rural/peripheral areas and three years in the case of urban areas.

Post 2007, transfers were happening on administrative grounds and vacancy-based grounds. In 2018, the department planned mass transfers, but could not do it.

The need to transfer

  • Several teachers have been deployed at one particular government school for more than 10 years, in some cases even 20 years. 
  • School heads feel that teachers who stay over a prolonged period of time indulge in corruption, politics and hamper the development of a school. 
  • Teachers with good performance should be sent to other schools for improved results.
  • Transfers are important to break the rural-urban divide in government schools
Policy finalised in 2012 also

Despite a transfer policy in hand, which was finalised in 2012 but never implemented, the UT Education Department has initiated the deliberations again. According to the 2012 policy, a teacher has to serve at a school for minimum three years before transfer. It also catered to the transfer of non-teaching staff after 10 years of stay at a place.


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