Though the transfer policy of teachers and principals of government schools was supposed to get implemented in 2012, it remains an eyewash as the UT education department has failed to implement it.
In 2012, the then UT education secretary, VK Singh, prepared a transfer policy, which aimed at maintaining the quality of education in government schools by ensuring experienced teachers so that they did not become complacent about permanent tenures. According to the policy, government schools heads were to be transferred after the tenure of five years, while teachers were to be shifted after 10 years of stay.
Despite the fact that government schools across the city performed poorly in the last academic session, indicating complacency on the part of teachers and school heads, they are not being transferred. Nearly 500 teachers and 20 school heads are liable for transfer in various government schools in the city.
Regular transfer of the school staff was one of the main priorities set by the current education secretary, Sarvjit Singh, but to no avail as many of teachers are liable for transfer and several have been serving in one school for the past 14 to 15 years.
Government Model High School, Sector 36 D, has a dozen teachers who have been working there for the past 10 to 13 years. Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS) in Sector 37 B has 10 such teachers who have worked there for more than 11 years. At GMSSS26 (Timber Market), 11 teachers have not been transferred since 2001, and at GMSSS-10, nine teachers have been there for over a decade.
“In the central government, employees aren’t allowed to remain at a posting beyond three years. In Chandigarh, however, teachers are enjoying VIP-like status and usually manage to get postings at schools near their homes,” said UT Cadre Educational Employees Union president Swarn Singh Kamboj, claiming that there were several school heads and teachers, especially from other states, who had been able to remain in their respective schools for years because of their acquaintance with the top officials.
Sources claimed that the education department misused transfers in a “manipulative” manner as those who had “links” with top officials got posting at a school of their choice.
Meanwhile, Government Teachers’ Union president Vinod Sharma said school teachers and heads, whose transfers were overdue, should be transferred, even if it came in the middle of the session.
“Teachers continue to work in city schools for a long time and are rarely transferred to schools located on the periphery of the city or in slum areas. This trend must end,” he said.
Senior department officials could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.