5000 Govt Teachers transferred in Delhi, What is the Controversy?

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Two days after Education minister Atishi asked the Education Department to halt transfers of government school teachers, the department, in a midnight upheaval, issued transfer orders to around 5,000 teachers on its official website on Tuesday.

Annual Transfer Policy:

The annual transfer policy mandates the transfer of teachers who have served in the same school for over 10 years.

Ministerial Action:

On Wednesday, Atishi issued a show-cause notice to the Secretary of Education and the Directorate of Education for “disobeying” the minister’s order, citing Article 239 AA which “gives the Delhi government power to exercise over matters in the Concurrent List”.

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Teacher Associations’ Concerns:

The Government Schools Teachers’ Association (GSTA) has raised concerns over the move. Its General Secretary, Ajay Veer Yadav, has written to the Directorate of Education (DoE) and the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, putting forward the demand for the formation of a grievance redressal committee for all transferred teachers.

Meeting with Education Director:

A delegation of government school teachers, including Yadav, will meet the Director of Education on Thursday to raise their concerns. They emphasize that concerns of teachers on medical grounds, retirement basis, physically challenged status, as well as the distance from residence should be considered in a transparent manner.

Impact on Teachers:

Praveen Sharma, a teacher for 14 years, expressed concerns that the decision will affect the student-teacher relationship and impact teachers who have illness or disabilities.

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Circular Issued by Deputy Director of Education:

Deputy Director of Education, Sushitha Biju, sought online requests for the transfer of teaching staff in government schools under DoE in a circular issued on June 11. The circular states the compulsory online application for transfer after 10 years of continuous service in the same school.

Appeal by GSTA:

The GSTA appealed to the DoE to consider their argument that the decision would affect the student-teacher relationship. They claimed that a verbal assurance was given by the authority to not enforce the transfers, and that it would be made voluntary. Yadav claimed that the issue was being politicised on purpose.

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