Online transfer policy for Chandigarh teachers from April 1 : The Tribune India
Chandigarh, November 22
As a first step, UT’s Department of Education will have its own “Teacher Online Transfer Policy” for government teachers beginning April 1 next year.
Sharing details, Harsuhinder Pal Singh Brar, Director of School Education, said, “Teachers will be transferred through the online software to Punjab lines. This will provide a level playing field for all employees who wish to transfer. Through the online mechanism, streamlining will take place, allowing for the adjustment of subject teachers from schools where they are surplus to those facing a shortage.
5,000 Teachers in UT schools
113 UT Public Schools
Every year, Chandigarh loses points in the Performance Grading Index (school education ranking) and lags behind Punjab in the ranking due to lack of teacher transfer policy.
On the indicator “number of teachers transferred through a transparent online system as a percentage of the total number of teachers transferred during the current year”, which has a weighting of 20 points, the city lost 18 points in the latest ranking. The ministry has repeatedly asked the UT Department of Education to formulate a teacher transfer policy.
The new policy will apply to all senior teaching positions – Principal/Headmaster/Lecturer/Professional Master/Teacher and JBT. Currently, the department follows a policy of choice when transferring teachers.
The divide between urban and peripheral areas will be bridged through online transfers. There has always been a reluctance among public school teachers in UT areas to teach in outlying areas and vice versa. Teachers working in rural schools have long awaited their transfer to city schools.
The need for a transfer policy has arisen because several teachers have remained in a particular public school for more than 10 years, even 20 years in some cases.
In 2007, the department stopped the transfer of teachers. Previously, teachers were transferred every 10 years and school leaders changed every five years. After 2007, transfers took place for administrative and vacancy reasons.
The latest policy was developed in 2012, which required a teacher to serve in a school for at least three years before transferring. For non-teaching staff, transfer was due after 10 years of service. However, this policy was never implemented.
In 2018, the department planned massive transfers, but was unable to do so. Also in June 2019, there were reports of the department reviewing the teacher transfer policy, but this was reportedly suspended by the then Education Secretary.
Unsuccessful attempts by Edu Dept in the past
- In 2012, a policy was developed allowing teachers with 3 years of service at the school to obtain a transfer, but it was abandoned
- In 2018, the Ministry of Education planned mass transfers, but was unable to do so
- In 2019, the department reviewed the transfer policy, but it was put on hold
Principal, Director, Lecturer, Master, Professional Teacher and JBT
Choose the current standard
- Until 2007, government teachers were changed every 10 years and school heads every five years.
- After 2007 transfers were discontinued and occurred only for administrative and vacancy reasons
- This has led to teachers remaining in a single school for over 10 years, and in some cases even 20 years.
Poor performance in the rating index
The Center asked UT’s Department of Education to formulate a teacher transfer policy. Due to the lack of policy, UT has lagged behind in performance ranking index. The city has dropped 18 points on the “number of teachers transferred through a transparent online system” indicator in recent rankings.
On the Punjab lines
Teachers will be transferred via online software modeled after Punjab. The online mechanism will streamline subject teachers. — Harsuhinder Pal Singh Brar, Director, School Education